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Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals Reach 41.92 Million in 2011

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Provisional visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in 2011 reached a new record of 41.92 million, 16.4% more than in 2010.

 Out of the overall arrivals, approximately 28.10 million came from Mainland China, an increase of 23.9% over 2010.

 The short-haul regions contributed another 9.05 million, representing a 4.6% increase year-on-year. Among these, South Korea and Southeast Asia recorded growth of 14.7% and 9.3% respectively, helping to offset the 2.4% decline in Japanese arrivals caused by the earthquake and related incident.

As for the long-haul regions, arrivals went up by 1.7% to 4.77 million.

Of the total Mainland arrivals, 52.7% or 14.8 million were same-day visitors, 34.5% more than in 2010. Overnight visitors also rose by 13.9% year-on-year to 13.3 million.

Commenting on the satisfactory growth in 2011 arrivals, Hong Kong Tourism Board Chairman, Mr James Tien said, We are strongly encouraged by the robust performance of our tourism industry in 2011. Not only did our visitor arrivals reach a historic high of almost 42 million, but our tourism receipts would also likely surpass HK$250 billion. These wonderful results would not have been possible without the teamwork and collaboration of our tourism industry partners. In particular, we are grateful for the support of the SAR Government and various sectors of the community, who have rendered great assistance in the mega events staged by HKTB ... We project there will be single-digit growth in visitor arrivals in 2012.

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