Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong reached 2,250,718
in September 2009, 2.5% more than in
Cumulatively, arrivals from January to September totalled
21,159,973, with the year-to-date shortfall further improved from
–3.4% in August to –2.8% in September.
The increase in arrivals in September was mainly
driven by continued gain in Mainland China, as well as seasonal
growth in South and Southeast Asia. For Mainland China, with
improved travel sentiments, the market achieved notable growth
(+6.1%) over the large base in September 2008, when many Mainland
travellers resumed their outbound travel post-Olympics.
for South and Southeast Asia (+18%), arrivals were mainly
boosted by the Eid al-Fitr holidays in various markets. Besides
Indonesia (+87.6%), Singapore (+17%) and India (+14.9%) also
showed remarkable growth, with the latter enjoying increased
flight capacity since September 2009.
Taiwan and North
Asia, however, continued their negative trend, as arrivals from
the island were impacted by direct flights, while the weak Won in
South Korea continued to take a toll on outbound travel.
Meanwhile, the shortfall continued to narrow in the long-haul
market regions, with Europe, Africa and the Middle East achieving
growth of 2.6%. The increase owed to the lower base of arrivals
last September, when long-haul travel was affected by the dual
impact of the Mainland visa policy and the global financial
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals for January-September 2009
the exception of Mainland China, all market regions continued to
show negative growth in the first nine months of 2009.
Nevertheless, their shortfall has further narrowed, with
single-digit decline registered for the long-haul market regions
(3,019,335, -9.2%). As for the short-haul regions (excluding
Mainland China and Macau), arrivals totalled 4,806,091, a
shortfall of 11.6% over the same period of last year.
Overall, some 54.7% of
all visitors to Hong Kong in September stayed in the city for at
least one night, 1.6 percentage points lower than in the same
month last year. The remaining 45.3% same-day in-town visitors
either returned home or left for another destination on the same
day they arrived.
From January to September 2009, some 12
million or 57.1% of total arrivals stayed in the city for at least
one night, compared with 58.5% during the same period last year.
The remaining 9.08 million (42.9%) were classified as same-day
Hotel occupancy across
all categories of hotels in September 2009 was 76%, three
percentage points lower than in September 2008. The geographic
locations with the highest occupancy were Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok,
where hotels recorded an average occupancy rate of 83%. The
average achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories was
HK$1,042, 15.1% lower than in September 2008.
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