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.
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.
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 Kong’s
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
in Lunar New Year
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in 2010
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