Hong Kong sees con­tin­u­ing drop in tourists

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Hong Kong saw a fur­ther re­duc­tion in tourists last month, a trend that tourism lead­ers cred­ited to more travel choices for main­land Chi­nese tourists, eas­ing visa reg­u­la­tions and soft cur­ren­cies in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

Over­all visi­tor ar­rivals fell by 1.9 per­cent year-on-year for the first four weeks of June. The monthly drop was the sec­ond year-on-year monthly fall this year. In March, visi­tor ar­rivals slid 8.7 per­cent. Lead­ing the de­cline was a 10 per­cent drop in in­de­pen­dent main­land visi­tors, fol­low­ing a 5 per­cent fall in May.

Main­land tourists are Hong Kong’s pri­mary source of visi­tors, with 47.2 mil­lion ar­rivals last year. They ac­counted for nearly 78 per­cent of all ar­rivals, ac­cord­ing to the Hong Kong Tourism Com­mis­sion.

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