Hong Kong's visitor arrivals in February 2009 reached
2,162,325, 8.1% less than in
February 2008. This brings cumulative
arrivals for the first two months of 2009 to 4,958,424, 1.8% ahead of
the same period last year.
Almost all major market regions registered a
decline in arrivals in February 2009, resulting in a drop in total
arrivals for the month. The shortfall was attributed to the
slowdown in travel among Mainland visitors, following the Lunar
New Year holidays at the end of January 2009.
Another factor was that arrivals from long-haul
and selected short-haul market regions continued to drop as a
result of the global financial downturn.
Visitor arrivals from different market regions
in February 2009:
- Mainland China: 1,345,291 (-6.7%)
- North Asia: 163,234 (-14.4%)
New Zealand and South Pacific: 42,489 (-10.8%)
- The Americas:
- Europe, Africa and the Middle East: 136,620
Out of the total Mainland arrivals in February
2009, 773,145 or 57.5% arrived under the Individual Visit Scheme,
9.6% less than the same period last year.
Overnight Vs Same-Day
Overall, some 58.3% of all visitors to Hong Kong
in February stayed in the city for at least one night, 0.7
percentage point lower than for the same month last year. The
remaining 41.7% same-day in-town visitors either returned home or
left for another destination on the same day as arrival.
February 2009 Hotel
Hotel occupancy across all categories of hotels
in February 2009 was 76%, four percentage points lower than in
The geographic locations with the highest
occupancy were Yau Ma Tei/Mong Kok, where hotels recorded average
occupancy rate of 81%.
The average achieved hotel room rate across
all hotel categories was HK$1,014, 10.4% lower than in February
See also Hong
Kong Visitor Arrivals for January 2009.
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