Published on : Thursday, January 26, 2017
Although having a 3.9% decline in international travelers from 2014 to 2015, Hong Kong bagged the top spot in Euromonitor International’s annual survey, based on international arrivals. With a total of 27.8 million of overnight visitors in 2014, official data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) says that this total dropped to 26.5 million in 2016.
The wonderful restaurant scene and shopping opportunities in Hong Kong continue to attract travelers across the border. Although there’s a drop, mainland China still continues to drive tourists for Hong Kong, with 77% of arrivals. If proper action isn’t taken, Hong Kong’s dependence on the Chinese market could see it struggle for retaining its title in the future. To quote Euromonitor travel analyst Wouter Geert, “Relations between Hong Kong and China have become strenuous, which has resulted in declining Chinese arrivals to Hong Kong. Hong Kong will need to see whether it can continue to attract visitors with shopping as its most important attraction.”
The Tourism Board of Hong Kong has provided a range of unique experiences the city has to offer – food tourism, nightlife, culture and arts, hipster hubs, fashion scenes and outdoor activities. Hong Kong aims to attract thriving markets like South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand.