Provisional figures for Hong Kong visitor
arrivals in 2009 have reached 29.59 million, an increase of 0.3%
2008, and ahead of the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s original
forecast of a 1.6%-shortfall in 2009.
HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien said that the HKTB
is strongly encouraged by the year-end results. “Notwithstanding
the serious challenges in 2009, our tourism industry achieved
better-than-expected results, thanks to the concerted effort and
tremendous support of our industry partners.
first half of 2009, our tourism performance was severely impacted
by the global financial crisis that emerged since the third
quarter of 2008 and the outbreak of human swine influenza in May
2009,” Mr Tien explained. “However, starting from the third
quarter of 2009, visitors’ concern about the outbreak gradually
subsided while the economic conditions also improved.
Simultaneously, the HKTB adapted its strategies flexibly and
collaborated with the travel trade to step up its promotions. As a
result, the negative arrival trend reversed in August and positive
growth was sustained until the fourth quarter. In particular, the
implementation of arrangements that facilitate multiple individual
visits by permanent Shenzhen residents, as well as greater desire
for outbound travel among Mainland visitors, have fuelled robust
growth of the Mainland arrivals, contributing to the 0.3% gain in
overall arrivals in 2009.”
Hong Kong recorded 17.69 million mainland China
visitor arrivals in 2009, an increase of +6.5% over 2008. Short-haul
markets (not including
Mainland China) recorded 7.49 million visitor arrivals, an -8.6%
drop over 2008, while long haul markets also recorded a loss, down
-6.1%, with 4.41 million visitor arrivals.
Kong Visitor Arrivals for November 2009 and
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in 2008.
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