January visitors drop by more than half
Friday, February 14, 2020
The Hong Kong Tourism Board said today 3.2 million visitors arrived last month, or a daily average of 100,000. This was a 53 percent drop from 200,000 in the first half of 2019.
Mainland and short-haul markets were the most affected, recording a drop of over 50 percent.
Average daily arrivals recovered to 130,000 with the pre-Lunar New Year rush in January, but arrivals plunged to 65,000 a day in late January as the coronavirus outbreak worsened the decline, with flight suspensions and reductions, and border controls.
Initial data this month suggests that arrivals have continued to decline. Average daily arrivals have fallen below 3,000, of which 75 percent were non-mainlanders, HKTB says.