October Hong Kong Visitor Numbers Up 16 Pct

November 29, 2011

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Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in October rose 16.4 percent from a year earlier to 3.79 million, data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board showed on Tuesday.

The figure brings cumulative arrivals for the first 10 months of 2011 to about 34.22 million, up 16.2 percent from the same period last year.

The growth of visitor arrivals from China could be attributed to not only the Golden Week holiday, but also the large number of trade fairs and trade shows during October, the Tourism Board said in a statement.

In the first 10 months of 2011, cumulative visitor arrivals from China came to about 23 million, 23.7 percent higher than in the year-earlier period, it added.

As for long-haul markets, the slow recovery of the American economy and the European debt crisis have reduced the number of visitors from those regions, causing arrivals to fall by 1.8 percent in October, the Tourism Board said.

(Reuters)