Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong reached 2,606,085
in November 2009, 7.6% more than in November 2008. Due to the
positive November result, the cumulative visitor arrivals
shortfall from January to November has been further narrowed to
-0.7% from -1.6% in
November 2009 - Hong
Kong Visitor Arrivals
Following its strong performance in October,
Mainland China continued to lead the way as the top performing
market region in November, with arrivals increased by 13.3%
year-on-year. As well as reflecting consumersí desire for travel,
the growth was also contributed by the increased consumption
visits by permanent residents in Shenzhen, who have been able to
apply for multiple entry endorsement under the Individual Visit
Scheme since April 2009.
Also registering positive growth was South and
Southeast Asia (5.2%). As consumersí sentiments gradually
improved, arrivals from a number of markets in the region,
including Indonesia (+26.9%), Thailand (+11.9%) and the
Philippines (+3.6%), picked up in November, with winter being one
of the favourite travel periods among visitors in the region.
Another market with remarkable growth was India (+28.5%), which
enjoyed increased flight capacity since September 2009.
As for North Asia and Taiwan, although arrivals
remained in the negative zone, the former owing to the decreased
outbound travel from South Korea and the latter to the
cross-strait direct links, their shortfall has been narrowed to
-8.3% and -5.1% respectively, indicating that the decline has
In the long-haul regions, positive gain was
recorded across all regions, as compared with the relatively lower
arrival base in November 2008, when the global financial crisis
caused severe deficit in arrivals from these regions.
Among the individual markets, there were
especially encouraging performance from the emerging markets. On
top of India, as mentioned above, both Russia (+37.8%) and the
Middle East (+42.4%) showed robust growth in November 2009.
Cumulative Hong Kong
Visitor Arrivals for January-November 2009
Cumulatively, arrivals for the 11-month period
from January to November 2009 stand at 0.7% down compared with the
same period in 2008, a continued improvement on the -2.8% in
September 2009 and -1.6% in October 2009.
Mainland China outperformed other market regions
with growth of 5.7%, and was the only region showing positive
growth. Nevertheless, the cumulative decreases in other market
regions were significantly less marked than in the earlier part of
this year. For example, arrivals from South and Southeast Asia
were only 2.6% behind, as compared with 7.0% down back in July
2009. All the long-haul regions were also down to single-digit
decline. There was, however, a larger gap in North Asia and
Taiwan, for reasons mentioned above.
Overall, some 58.1% of all visitors to Hong Kong
in November stayed in the city for at least one night, 0.9
percentage point lower than in the same month last year. The
remaining 41.9% same-day in-town visitors either returned home or
left for another destination on the same day they arrived.
From January to November 2009, more than 15.15
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 decline of overnight arrivals was mainly due to the drop in
business travel as a result of the economic downturn. The
remaining 11.38 million (42.9%) were classified as same-day
Hotel occupancy across all categories of hotels
in November 2009 was 89%, one percentage point higher than in
November 2008. The geographic locations with the highest occupancy
were Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, where hotels recorded an average
occupancy rate of 94%. The average achieved hotel room rate across
all hotel categories was HK$1,069, 13% lower than in November
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in 2008 and
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