Hong Kong sees continuing drop in tourists
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.