Tourist arrivals in Hong Kong in 2022 up by six times as compared to 2021

 Tuesday, January 17, 2023 


The tourism sector in Hong Kong showed promising results in 2022 with the arrival of 604,564 tourists in 2022 which is six times more than the 2021 figure, with more than half of travellers coming from mainland China.

The last three months of 2022 saw a gradual increase in the influx of visitors with the figures for October, November and December standing at 80,524, 113,763 and 160,584, respectively, the city’s Tourism Board said on Monday.

This is a sharp increase from the 2021 figure when only 91,000 tourists landed in Hong Kong.

Travellers from China made up a large share of last year’s total figure, with 375,144 arrivals coming to Hong Kong from the mainland.

An economist marked the reason behind the tourism rebound as the government’s decision to lift its quarantine and later medical surveillance requirements for travellers, as well as most testing rules.

The MTR Corporation in the evening announced it would increase the number of available cross-border high-speed train tickets to 7,000 per day in each direction. The new quota will take effect from today.

Under the current cross-border entry regime, 50,000 people each day, going either way, can travel through the four other available land ports. The government will increase the daily quota to 65,000 in the four-day run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday.

Most of the quota is allocated to travellers using the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line crossing, with 10,000 each allowed to pass through Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and Man Kam To every day.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge can only accommodate 1,000 travellers using private cars and cross-boundary hire-car services

Cruise ships are once again set to dock in Hong Kong after avoiding port there since last July. Silversea Cruises’ liner Silver Spirit is set to arrive in the city tomorrow, on Wednesday, following stopovers in Thailand and Vietnam.

Resorts World Cruises also said its first ship would use Hong Kong as its homeport from March 10, with the company to offer two and three-night itineraries and departing the city every Friday, Sunday and Wednesday on a weekly basis.

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