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Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in January 2011

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Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in January 2011 rose by 21.5% year-on-year to 3,598,030.

The growth was driven by increase in arrivals from the Mainland market, whereas the arrival figures of the long-haul and short-haul markets were at similar levels compared to the same period last year.

During January 2011, Mainland arrivals saw growth of 31.2% to exceed 2.5 million. Of these, nearly 70% (over 1.73 million) travelled to Hong Kong under the Individual Visit Scheme. The figure represents an increase of 42% year-on-year. Such growth can be attributed to the multiple-entry visa arrangement for Shenzhen residents to visit Hong Kong, as well as the expanded scope for non-Guangdong residents in Shenzhen to apply for individual visit endorsement. The appreciation of the Renminbi against the Hong Kong dollar also helped to draw a large number of Mainland visitors to Hong Kong for consumption before the Chinese New Year.

For the short-haul markets, South Korea showed the most prominent growth, sustaining the double-digit gain recorded every single month last year. The strong momentum was led by the robust South Korean economy and the appreciation of the WON currency, as well as aspirations for Hong Kong among the South Korean consumers. As a result, arrivals from this market went up by 24.9% to 102,546. Farther in the long-haul markets, steady performance was seen in most markets. The star performer was Canada, which arrivals increased by 12.4% to 33,603.

Emerging markets, including India, the Middle East and Russia, also continued to see increased arrivals. The most outstanding growth was found in Russia (+52.6%), where the harsh winter has propelled the locals to travel out of the country. The visa-free arrangements between Hong Kong and Russia also served to lure more Russian visitors to Hong Kong.

Overnight Visitors vs. Same-Day, in-Town Visitors

In January 2011, the number of overnight visitors and same-day in-town visitors took up about 1.78 million and 1.8 million, a year-on-year increase of 7.4% and 39.8% respectively.

Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in January 2011

Market Regions January 2011 Vs 2010
Long-haul markets 386,052 +1.6%
The Americas 141,504 +5.8%
Europe, Africa and the Middle East 172,602 -0.1%
Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific 71,946 -1.9%
Short-haul markets (excl. Mainland China & Macau) 641,705 +3.8%
North Asia 215,919 +9.6%
South and Southeast Asia 243,083 +1.8%
Taiwan 182,703 +0.3%
Mainland China 2,503,151 +31.2%
Total (includes arrivals from Macau SAR) 3,598,030 +21.5%

     See also: Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in 2010 and Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in January 2010

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