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.
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
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
|Europe, Africa and the
|Australia, New Zealand and
|Short-haul markets (excl.
Mainland China & Macau)
and Southeast Asia
|Total (includes arrivals
from Macau SAR)
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in 2010 and
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in January 2010
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