Hong Kong welcomed 3.2 million visitor arrivals in
January 2020, a daily average of 100,000 and a 53% drop from the
200,000 daily arrivals received in the first half of 2019.
Mainland China and short-haul markets were the
Average daily arrivals recovered to 130,000 with
the pre-Lunar New Year rush in January. But the outbreak of
COVID-19 aggravated the decline, as some airlines suspended
flights to the city and reduced services overall.
The Hong Kong government has also implemented a number of measures restricting the
flow of people between Hong Kong and the mainland. As a result,
the number of visitors plunged to 65,000 a day in late January.
Preliminary data in February suggests that the
arrivals have continued to decline, with average daily arrivals
falling to below 3,000, of which 75% were non-mainland visitors.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board is maintaining normal operations at its Visitor
Service Centres at Hong Kong International Airport and in Tsim Sha
Tsui, while the other centres have been temporarily closed "to optimise resources".
The daily operating hours of the Hotline
Services have been extended for both visitors and trade partners,
including hotels and shopping malls, from 9am-6pm to 9am-9pm.
HK7s and Singapore Sevens 2020 Rescheduled.