Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in the first 11
months of 2010 – which totalled 32,486,877 – are ahead of the
total 2009 arrivals, representing a 22.5% increase year-on-year.
In November alone, visitor arrivals reached 3,052,390, 17.1% more
Since the beginning of 2010, visitor
arrivals to Hong Kong have continued to set new records. For January-November
2010, Mainland arrivals outstripped the yearly figure of 2009 to
hit 20.4 million, setting a new landmark of Mainland visitors.
Arrivals in November also climbed up by more than 20% year-on-year
to 1.87 million even in the absence of long holidays during the
Overall, arrivals of all short-haul markets went up
by over 10% and 18.6% in November and the first 11 months of 2010
respectively. The cumulative figure for North Asia (including
Japan and South Korea) rose by 22.1% to approach 2 million. The
main contributing factor to the gain was the growing number
of South Korean arrivals since the beginning of the year, which
registered a year-on-year increase of 45% in the first 11 months.
Meanwhile, the appreciation of the Japanese Yen against the US
dollar also boosted arrivals from Japan. Overnight Taiwanese arrivals grew by
20% year-to-date, pushing overall cumulative arrivals up by 8.4%.
In South and Southeast Asia, Indian arrivals in the first
11 months leaped by 47.2% year-on-year to approach
490,000. Increased awareness of Hong Kong among Indian consumers
as a result of the joint effort of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the travel trade,
as well as expanded flight capacity between India and Hong Kong,
have both accelerated the growth momentum. As for other Southeast
Asian markets, owing to stabilising economic conditions, greater
travel propensity and promotion of Hong Kong by the travel trade,
arrivals from such markets as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
sustained an upward trend in both November and January-November
Another emerging market enjoying impressive growth is
Russia, with arrivals soaring by 89.6% in November and doubling in
the first 11 months. Notwithstanding a lower base, there has been
a higher tendency among Russian residents to travel out of the
country during the winter. The visa-free arrangements and
increased direct flights also acted as pull factors to draw more
Russian visitors to Hong Kong. As for the Middle East, arrivals
rose steadily by 8.8% in November and 21.6% in the first 11
In the long-haul regions, business and vacation
travel continued to increase because of the recovering global
economy, sustaining the growth of overall long-haul arrivals in
November. The cumulative 11-month arrivals also registered an
11.2%-rise year-on-year. The USA, Canada and major European
markets, such as France, Germany and Italy, have all achieved
growth of 10% or more.
2010, more than 1.66 million overnight visitors were recorded,
representing 54.4% of all visitors to Hong Kong and a
9.7%increase versus November 2009. Most market regions
experienced prominent growth in overnight visitors, with the
strongest increase from South and Southeast Asia (+16.4%) and
North Asia (+16.2%).
Overnight visitors in the first 11
months of 2010 amounted to 18.10 million, or 55.7% of all visitors
to Hong Kong, a year-on-year rise of 19.5%.
Summary of Hong Kong visitor arrivals from
different market regions in November and the first 11 months in
|Europe, Africa and the
|Australia, New Zealand and
|Short-haul markets (excl.
Mainland China & Macau)
|South and Southeast Asia
|Total (figure includes
arrivals from Macau SAR)
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in October 2010 and
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in November 2009.
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