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Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong over Chinese New Year up 16.9 percent

Total visitor arrivals to Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year Golden Week just past reached 782,163, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). This represented an increase of 16.9 percent when compared with the figure in the equivalent period of 2009. Out of the total arrivals, those from Mainland China took up more than 70 percent. In particular, mainland arrivals surged to 102,849 on 16 February, the third day of the Lunar New Year, setting a new record for mainland arrivals in a single day. Robust growth was also recorded for other short- and long-haul markets. The HKTB’s provisional figures show that cumulative visitor arrivals from 1 January to 19 February this year have already surpassed five million to reach a new historic high.

"We are greatly encouraged by the arrivals gain during the Chinese New Year," said HKTB Chairman James Tien on 20 February. We believe the increase could mainly be attributed to the stabilising global economy, which has revived consumer sentiment in terms of travel. Also, we understand that many mainland visitors, especially those from southern China, made same-day consumption visits over the past week to enjoy the shopping and New Year festivities in Hong Kong, which helped drive the growth in overall arrivals."

Below is the breakdown of arrivals to Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year Golden Week: 

Visitor Arrivals

2010

Vs 2009

Mainland China

573,014

+15.2%

Other markets

209,149

+21.6%

Total

782,163

+16.9%

 
Note: The 2010 Chinese New Year Golden Week (Lunar New Year’s Eve to 6th day of the Lunar New Year) ran from 13 February to 19 February 2010, while the Golden Week in 2009 fell from 25 January to 31 January 2009.

(Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board)