Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017
On Sunday, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung mentioned in a blog post that visitor numbers in Hong Kong had reached 53 million till November of this year. This accounts for an increase of 3 percent on the number seen in the first 11 months of last year.
“The number has grown for both mainland Chinese and non-mainland tourists,” Cheung said. “There was also very sizeable growth in the number of visits from the north Asian market, including Japan and South Korea.”
In the initial 10 months of the year, at Hong Kong hotels the average occupancy rate increased from 86 percent to 89 percent, respectively, while the number of overnight visits grew by 5 percent.
Retail sales in the same period witnessed a 1.2 percent growth in comparison to the same stretch in last year.
With the help of four development strategies, Cheung explained that the government targeted to turn the city into a “world-class and first-choice tourism destination”. These include luring visitors from comprehensive range of markets, developing products and projects for the sector with local as well as international characteristics, promoting “smart travelling”, and improving the quality of tourism services.
He added that the development of the “Greater Bay Area”, a major plan to connect cities in the region of southern China’s Pearl River Delta into an integrated financial and business hub that would ultimately boost tourism along with many infrastructure projects like the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou.
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