Overnight visitor eight-year high

The total number of visitors to the city reached 2.88 million for the month of August, representing a five per cent decrease year-on-year, according to the latest data released by the Statistics and Census Services (DSEC) on Friday. The number of overnight visitors increased by 3.7 per cent to 1.47 million in August, the highest single-month figure since January 2008, accounting for 51.2 per cent of the total visits. The average stay of these visitors was 2.1 days. Despite the uptick in visit duration, the number of same-day visitors fell by 12.6 per cent to 1.40 million, with an average stay of 0.2 days, according to the DSEC data. The August visitor arrival data also represents a 3.1 per cent increase compared to July due to the summer holidays. In the first eight months of the year the city’s overall visitor arrivals totalled 20.44 million, a similar number compared to the same period last year, with the average length of stay of visitors increasing by 0.2 days year-on-year to 1.2 days. Diverse origins Visitors from Mainland China represented 68.7 per cent of the total visitor numbers in August, followed by Hong Kong with 20.5 per cent and Taiwan with 3.3 per cent. Visitor numbers from Mainland China reached 1.97 million in August, indicating a 5.5 per cent year-on-year fall compared to August 2015. The number of travellers under the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS) also saw a yearly drop, decreasing 4.4 per cent. Overnight Mainland Chinese visitors totalled 991,500 during August – a 5.2 per cent increase year-on-year. The majority of tourists from Mainland China originated in neighbouring Guangdong province, amounting to 919,500. The second highest number came from Hunan province, totalling 89,400. In regards to the international market, August figures also indicate increased visitor numbers from South Korea and Taiwan of 3.3 per cent and 32.1 per cent respectively, reaching 94,400 and 57,700. However, those from Hong Kong declined to 591,900 – a drop of 7.6 per cent, according to the DSEC data. The number of long haul visitors from the United States and Canada recorded a year-on-year increase of 0.7 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively, while the number of visitors from Australia and the United Kingdom saw decreases of 3.7 per cent and 1.1 per cent, respectively. Border gate the main entry The Border Gate remained the main entry point to the city, with the number of entries in August reaching 1.44 million, although registering a 3.7 per cent year-on-year decrease. Land entries in August registered the first decline after eight consecutive months of year-on-year increases, with a 2.7 per cent drop compared to the same month last year. Visitor arrivals by sea decreased by 11.7 per cent year-on-year to 993,518 with the Outer Harbour receiving 596,832 entrants and the Provisional Ferry Terminal in Taipa receiving 396,686 – drops of 10.4 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively. On the other hand, arrivals by air saw a 15 per cent increase year-on-year to 217,214.