Hong Kong visitor arrivals reached 37,770,230 in
the first 11 months of 2011.
The impressive figure not only
represents a 16.3%-increase compared to the equivalent period in
2010, but has also surpassed the yearly total of 2010. In November
alone, arrivals rose by 16.4% year-on-year to 3,552,733, making it
the November with the highest number of visitor arrivals in
In November, arrivals from Mainland China surged
by 24.8% year-on-year to beyond 2.3 million, as consumersí travel
and consumption sentiments remained strong. Of these, 63.9% or
around 1.5 million made their trip on the Individual Visit Scheme,
a rise of 27.6% over November 2010. Cumulatively, Mainland
arrivals climbed up by 23.8% to a historic high of over 25
million, surpassing the 12-month total of 2010.
Among the short-haul market regions, North Asia
achieved the best performance in November, with arrivals from the
region moved up by 6.9% to over 200,000. Specifically, Japanese
arrivals sustained the positive trend of October as outbound
travel sentiments improved, growing by 5.9% to nearly 120,000
during the month. For South Korea, the market maintained its
steady upward trend, registering more than 80,000 arrivals or an
8.4%-increase year-on-year. From January-November, arrivals from
North Asia grew by 4.0% to over 2 million.
Southeast Asia also saw moderate growth in
November, with total arrivals rising by 7.9% year-on-year to
nearly 300,000. In terms of individual markets, Singapore and the
Philippines recorded double-digit growth in arrivals, whereas
Thailand showed decrease of 10.7% due to the recent flooding in
the country. In the first 11 months, overall Southeast Asian
arrivals went up by 9.4% to exceed 2.8 million, with double-digit
increase for Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
As for Taiwan, arrivals declined by 2.3% in
November to slightly below 160,000. Cumulatively, arrivals from
the island were similar to last yearís level at around 2 million.
Among these, the higher-spending overnight visitors rose by 9.3%
to surpass 710,000, taking up 36.0% of the total arrivals.
In the long-haul regions, arrivals went up by
1.4% to more than 450,000 in November. The Americas performed the
best, with some 170,000 arrivals or a 6.9%-increase. In
particular, arrivals from the US and Canada increased by 7.3% and
5.7% respectively as a result of increased vacation visitors. In
the first 11 months of 2011, overall long-haul arrivals rose by
1.5% to more than 4.38 million.
Overnight arrivals to Hong Kong
reached 1.87 million or 52.9% of all arrivals, a 13.1%-increase
year-on-year. Meanwhile, same-day arrivals leaped up by 20.3% to
exceed 1.67 million.
In the first 11 months of 2011, overnight
arrivals increased by 11.1% to 20.12 million, accounting for 53.3%
of all arrivals. As for same-day arrivals, these increased by
22.7% to some 17.64 million.
On 20 December 2011, another new milestone
was achieved for Hong Kongís tourism, as the city received its
first 40-millionth visitor of a single year, Ms Nancy Ryan from
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