Mainlanders propel HK tourist arrivals to 30.6m in first half

Local | 31 Jul 2018 6:58 pm

Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong increased by 10.1 percent in the first half to more than 30.6 million, largely the result of a double-digit growth in mainland Chinese, data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board showed today.

Among the tourists, those who stayed overnight exceeded 13.85 million, up by 6.2 percent on-year.

But visitor arrivals from short-haul markets fluctuated, falling by 1.5 percent, the HKTB reported.

The top three destinations for Chinese mainlanders in the first half were Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand, according to the Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration under the Ministry of Public Security. The bureau said on July 21, there were 310 million exits and entries across the border in the first half.

More than 78.56 million documents for exits and entries were issued, up 18.2 percent on a yearly basis. About 16.41 million were private passports, and another 13.11 million were travel passes for Hong Kong and Macau, while some 3.55 million travel passes for Taiwan were issued, up 23.8 percent, Xinhua reported.

Over 77.94 million exits were made by Chinese mainlanders, while 23.11 million entries were by foreign citizens, increasing by 14.1 and 11.2 percent year-on-year respectively.-The Standard

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