LOS ANGELES - The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced today that
visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in October 2007 rose by 17.0% to 2,568,040,
making it the best October figure ever. The increase brought the cumulative
arrivals for January-October 2007 to 22,931,804, a year-on-year increase
Exceptional performance was recorded in long-haul markets--the United
States, a key volume provider with 129,451 visitors for the month, registered
growth of 11.5% over October 2006. Cumulative arrivals from the U.S. since
January totaled 1,003,899 at the end of October, a 4.9% increase over the
same period in 2006. Other long haul markets showing remarkable growth
are Canada (+26.8%), New Zealand (+21.8%) and France (+11.9%).
The increase in arrivals was largely driven by continued robust performance
of Mainland China and the long-haul market regions, all of which recorded
double-digit gain, as shown below.
In October, there were almost 1.52 million overnight visitor arrivals (59.1%
of the total), with the remainder of 1.05 million (40.9%) classified as
same-day in-town visitors. Out of the total arrivals for January-October
2007, more than 13.97 million or 60.9% stayed in the city for at least
one night, while those who left on the same day of arrival exceeded 8.96
Mainland China: 1,359,194 (+25.5%)
Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific: 76,162 (+17.1%)
Europe, Africa & the Middle East: 248,817 (+11.0%)
The Americas: 195,126 (+15.0%)
North Asia: 169,995 (+5.2%)
South & Southeast Asia: 284,028 (+9.5%)
Taiwan: 184,984 (+0.5%)
Highlights of the October 2007 Arrivals
October 2007 Overall Arrival Statistics
October 2007 Arrivals by Markets
Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong totalled 2,568,040 in October, a year-on-year
increase of 17.0%. This brought cumulative arrivals for January to October
to 22,931,804, a growth of 10.4% compared with the same period in 2006.
Arrivals from Mainland China grew by 25.5% to 1,359,194 in October, bringing
the cumulative January-October arrivals to 12,671,343, 12.3% ahead of the
same period last year. Of the Mainland arrivals in October, 758,380 or
55.8% travelled under the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS), a year-on-year
increase of 40.5%. This took the cumulative IVS arrivals in January-October
2007 to more than 7.04 million, which represents 55.6% of visitors from
the Mainland and growth of 27.5%.
The 184,984 visitor arrivals from Taiwan represented a 0.5% increase over
2006, taking the total for the first 10 months of the year to almost 1.86
million, a 2.0% increase.
Arrivals from South & Southeast Asia grew by 9.5% to 284,028 in October.
Indonesia provided the greatest number of visitors (70,513, +16.9%), while
the Philippines enjoyed the highest growth rate at 24.9%. The regionís
January-October total stood at 2,248,882, an increase of 7.1%.
South Korea continued to provide the impetus to arrivals growth from North
Asia, which showed a 5.2% year-on-year increase in October to 169,995.
Of these, 102,287 (+2.1%) were from Japan, while 67,708 (+10.2%) came from
South Korea. Cumulative January-October arrivals stood at 1,773,130, 8.3%
more than in 2006, with arrivals from Japan up by 1.5% and those from South
Korea by 20.8%.
Arrivals from Europe, Africa and the Middle East reached 248,817 in October,
a year-on-year increase of 11.0%. Among the individual markets in this
region, the UK (62,480, +12.5%) and France (25,804, +11.9%) were again
the star performers.
Cumulative January-October arrivals from this region reached 1,798,431,
14.9% higher than in the same period in 2006.
Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific delivered 76,162 arrivals, 17.1%
more than that of last October. Both Australia (64,277 +16.4%) and New
Zealand (11,296 +21.8%) registered double-digit increases. The cumulative
10-month arrivals for the region reached 623,987, 13.5% ahead of the same
period of 2006.
The Americas also achieved robust growth in October, with arrivals increasing
by 15.0% to 195,126. Canada sustained its strong growth at 26.8%, while
arrivals from the US also increased by 11.5%. This took the overall arrivals
from the region in January-October 2007 to 1,448,550, 8.1% more than in
the same period in 2006.
October 2007 Same-Day In-Town Visitors
Some 59.1% of all visitors to Hong Kong in October stayed in the city for
at least one night, 2.9 percentage points lower than for the same month
last year. The remaining 40.9% same-day in-town visitors either returned
home or left for another destination on the same day as arrival.
October 2007 Hotel Occupancy
Between January and October 2007, 60.9% of all visitors stayed one night
or more, 1.8 percentage points lower than for the same period in 2006.
The average occupancy across all categories of hotels in October was 89%,
four percentage points higher than in October 2006.
The geographic locations with the highest occupancies in October were Yau
Ma Tei / Mong Kok (northern end of Nathan Road), where hotels recorded
rates of 91%.
The average achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories for the
month was HK$1,533, 10.6% higher than in October 2006.
The average occupancy across all categories of hotels for January-October
2007 was 85%, one percentage point lower than in the same period in 2006.
The average achieved room rate across all hotel categories was HK$1,194,
12.1% higher than in the first 10 months of 2006.