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Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals During Golden Week 2011

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During the seven-day Chinese New Year Golden Week between 2 and 8 February 2011, Hong Kong visitor arrivals from Mainland China reached a new high of 662,928, a 15.7% increase compared to the same Golden Week last year.

 In particular, arrivals on 7 February totalled 117,879, breaking the single-day record for Mainland arrivals in history.

Out of the total Mainland arrivals, those who travelled under the Individual Visit Scheme and on group tours took up 82%, while the remaining travelled with exit-entry permits for either business purposes or visiting relatives.

The majority or 67% of Mainland visitors came on the Individual Visit Scheme. The figure, which stood at 445,772, is 18.2% more than the corresponding period last year. Among these, 20% (82,020) were Shenzhen residents travelling with the multiple-entry visa endorsement, a significant growth of 48.9% over the figure last year. As for those travelling on group tours, they accounted for 15% (96,282) of overall Mainland arrivals and an increase of 16.9% compared to last year.

The 2011 Chinese New Year Golden Week ran from 2 to 8 February 2011, while the Golden Week in 2010 fell between 13 and 19 February 2010.

Mr James Tien, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), said, Our Chinese New Year celebrations were recently ranked by Forbes as one of the 10 Best Events of the Year. The HKTB will capitalise on this to reinforce Hong Kongs image as a travel destination. Meanwhile, we hope the Hong Kong Government, which is conducting a complete review of the tourism industry operations, will set up a statutory organisation as soon as possible. By regulating the industry through legislation, we hope we can weed out the unethical practices of selected travel agents receiving inbound Mainland group tours.

Mainland arrivals to Hong Kong during the 2011 Chinese New Year Golden Week:

Day in Lunar New Year 2011 (Vs. 2010) 2010
Lunar New Years Eve 43,555 (+8.0%) 40,316
1st Day 60,053 (+10.2%) 54,476
2nd Day 105,085 (+10.3%) 95,278
3rd Day 114,406 (+11.2%) 102,849
4th Day 116,832 (+20.3%) 97,130
5th Day 117,879 (+21.8%) 96,807
6th Day 105,118 (+22.0%) 86,158
Total 662,928 (+15.7%) 573,014

 See also Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in 2010

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