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Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in November 2010

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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 than the same month in 2009.

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 month.

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 2010.

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 months.

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.

Overnight Visitors

In November 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 2010:

  November January to November
Market Regions 2010 Vs. 2009 2010 Vs. 2009
Long-haul markets 443,967 +7.9% 4,317,874 +11.2%
The Americas 165,448 +9.1% 1,611,045 +12.3%
Europe, Africa and the Middle East 216,252 +8.3% 2,008,506 +11%
Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific 62,267 +3.6% 698,323 +9.3%
Short-haul markets (excl. Mainland China & Macau) 666,468 +11.5% 7,074,086 +18.6%
North Asia 187,879 +18.1% 1,997,260 +22.1%
South and Southeast Asia 319,082 +15.5% 3,101,404 +23.6%
Taiwan 159,507 -1.7% 1,975,422 +8.4%
Mainland China 1,878,060 +21.6% 20,409,200 +26.7%
Total (figure includes arrivals from Macau SAR) 3,052,390 +17.1% 32,486,877 +22.5%

See also: Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in October 2010 and Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals in November 2009.

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