ASIA Travel Tips.com

Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals for H1 2009

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Send to Friend Thursday, 30 July 2009

Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong reached 13,696,779 in the first six months of 2009, a decrease of 3.4% over the same period last year.

January to June 2009 Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals

Among various regional source markets, Mainland China achieved positive growth of 4.6% to 8.26 million arrivals in the first six months of 2009.

Overall, arrivals from the short-haul regions decreased by a marginal 1.3%, with North Asia showing a 25.4% decline, as outbound travel in both Japan and South Korea was affected by the weak economy, and further hurt by the human Swine Flu.

Arrivals from Taiwan also dropped by 13.1%, as the impact of cross-strait direct links became more and more apparent.

For the long-haul regions, demand for travel remained weak amid the economic downturn. As a result, arrivals dipped by 14%.

Commenting on the half-yearly performance, Hong Kong Tourism Board Chairman Mr James Tien said, Hong Kong managed to achieve growth of 1.5% in overall arrivals in the first four months of this year, with Mainland China registering increase of more than 10%. The positive trend was, however, reversed in May and June, following the outbreak of human swine flu, leading to decline of arrivals from both long- and short-haul regions by more than 10% to 20% in those two months. In view of the current market sentiments, we expect the decline will likely continue into July and August.

To reduce the arrivals shortfall, the HKTB has already strengthened our promotions in Mainland China and short-haul markets this summer, and is strongly spreading the message that the quarantine policy is off in Hong Kong, Mr Tien said.

 Overnight v Same-Day, in-Town Visitors

Overall, some 54.2% of all visitors to Hong Kong in June stayed in the city for at least one night, 4.3 percentage points lower than in the same month last year. The remaining 45.8% same-day in-town visitors either returned home or left for another destination on the same day they arrived.

From January to June 2009, close to 7.82 million or 57.1% of total arrivals stayed in the city for at least one night, compared with 58.2% in the same period last year. The remaining 5.88 million (42.9%) were classified as same-day in-town visitors.

Hotel Occupancy

Hotel occupancy across all categories of hotels in June 2009 was 61%, 20 percentage points lower than in June 2008.

 The geographic locations with the highest occupancy were Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, where hotels recorded an average occupancy rate of 71%.

The average achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories was HK$901, 20.2% lower than in June 2008.

From January to June 2009, hotel occupancy across all categories of hotel was 74%, as compared with 83% in the same months of last year.

 The average achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories was HK$1,026, 17.1% below that of the same period in 2008.

We will continue to reinforce our promotions in the coming few months, and have already made plans to roll out a series of mega events, so that we can further enhance Hong Kongs appeal and create a business platform for our tourism-related sectors, added Mr Tien.

See also: Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals for May 2009, June 2008

See other recent news regarding: Airlines, Aviation, Flights, First Class, Business Class, GDS, Miles, Hotels, Promotions, Spas, New Hotels, Visitor Arrivals, Cruises, Free Deals, Hong Kong, June 2009, Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals

Subscribe to our Latest Travel News Daily Email Free of Charge by simply entering your email address to the right. You can also stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed and even add the travel news to your website. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.
     
Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Fumihiro Sakakibara, General Manager - Japan, Macao Government Tourism Office. Aviation industry update from the Group CEO of AirAsia, Mr. Tony Fernandes, and Gary Chapman, Emirates' President Group Services and dnata. Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and Vice President Japan & Korea. In this interview, filmed in a luxurious suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on Sunday, 24 September 2017, we ask Mr. Rolfs to tell us more about the property.
Macao Tourism Update Aviation: AirAsia and Emirates The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
What exactly is going to happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel, when will it close, what about the staff, when will the new Dusit Thani Bangkok open and what will it be like? In this exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Sukanya Janchoo, General Manager of The Dusit Thani Bangkok, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Khun Sukanya about the hotel, its markets, RevPAR and these major changes. Travelodge Hotels Asia’s Brands and Expansion Plans - Exclusive HD Video Interview with Stephen Burt, Chairman. Exclusive HD video interview with Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director of Avani Hotels and Resorts. We talk about Avani Hotels' future plans and what exciting new developments are in the pipeline. You will also learn that Avani is about to announce a new sub brand, is currently building its first resort with private pool villas and what the group's position is on new technology.
Dusit Thani Bangkok Travelodge Hotels Asia Avani Hotels & Resorts
Jonathan Wigley, CEO of Travelodge Thailand, outlines expansion plans in HD Video Interview. Exclusive HD video interview with Myanmar's Minister of Tourism and Hotels, H.E. U Ohn Maung, about the status of tourism in the beautiful and mystical country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Birth of a Luxury Thai Hotel Brand - HD Video Interview with Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts.
CEO of Travelodge Thailand Myanmar Tourism Update Birth of Luxury Thai Hotel Brand
This HD video tour of Thai AirAsia X's brand new 337-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft was filmed at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 May 2014  Exclusive HD video interview with Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Philippine Airlines (PAL) HD video of the interior and exterior of a Thai Vietjet Airbus A320-200.
Thai AirAsia X A330-300 PAL President & COO Thai Vietjet A320-200
Inside Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - HD Video It takes 800 workers between 65 and 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380. Showers, Bars, Lounge - The Emirates Airbus A380 Has Them All - HD Video Tour Thai Airways International Takes Delivery of Brand New Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways B787 Emirates A380 Thai Airways B777-300ER
Latest Travel News
Advertising
Advertising
Copyright © 1997-2017 ASIATravelTips.com/TravelNewsAsia.com