Mainland visitors propel HK tourist arrivals to 16.6mLocal | 16 Aug 2019 6:24 pm
An increase in mainland visitors kept the tourism sector healthy in the second half, when overall arrivals increased by 10.9 percent from a year earlier to 16.6 million.
But the pace of growth was slower than the 16.8 percent in the first quarter.
Mainland visitors, who accounted for 78.1 percent of the total, increased by 12.9 percent to 13 million, the Government Economist Andrew Au said.
Visitor arrivals from short-haul markets increased by 7 percent, while those from long-haul markets dropped by 0.3 percent.
Visitor spending, as measured by exports of travel services, increased by another 2 percent year-on-year in real terms in parallel.
But per capita visitor spending has, however, been on a down trend in recent quarters, conceivably affected by the weaker economic outlook, the strength of the Hong Kong dollar along with the US dollar against some major currencies over the past year, and a larger share of same-day visitors, the economist said.