According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB),
55.9 million people visited the city in 2019.
Arrivals in the first half-year of the year
increased by 13.9%, but the number of visitors started to fall in
July when the increasingly violent protests became more frequent
leading to a decline of -39.1% in the second half of the year.
The full-year arrivals were down -14.2%
All source markets recorded a decline of visitors
in 2019. The Mainland and short-haul markets recorded a drop of
-14.2% and -18.7%, respectively, while long-haul markets and new
markets fell -12.7% and -13.5%, respectively.
Overnight visitors in
2019 also declined by -18.8% to 23.76 million.
HKTB Chairman, Dr YK Pang, said, “Hong Kong’s
tourism industry has faced exceptional challenges over the past
year, but I have every confidence in our resilience and appeal as
a world-class travel destination. The HKTB has already launched
promotions in a number of short-haul markets, including India,
Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand, and we will
soon extend those promotions to other markets such as Japan and
long-haul markets. Meanwhile, we are working tirelessly on a major
global promotion that will rebuild Hong Kong’s tourism image and
help our tourism industry recover.”
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