Tourist arrivals in Hong Kong surpassed the 28 million-mark in
2007, up 10 percent on 2006, the Hong Kong Tourism Board said
Once finalized, tourist spending for last year is expected to
have grown to more than 130 billion HK dollars (16.7 billion U.S.
dollars), breaking the 119.43 billion HK dollars record in
Per capita spending by overnight arrivals is forecast to be
about 5,100 HK dollars compared with 4,799 HK dollars in 2006.
As for same-day in-town visitors, their average per capita
spending is expected to rise to about 1,100 HK dollars from 1,015
Hong Kong Tourism Board Chairman James Tien said the figures are
testament to Hong Kong's enduring appeal as a destination in the
face of ever-growing competition.
"We are especially encouraged that besides the strong
performance of Chinese mainland, the growth was spread across
different international markets with all three long-haul regions
exceeding their 2006 levels and many of our key source markets
achieving their best results ever," he said.
He forecast good prospects for this year, adding the board will
continue to achieve a balance of visitors from all key markets in
keeping with Hong Kong's cosmopolitan image.
All market regions grew last year with double-digit rises for
the Chinese mainland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East,
Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, high-potential
markets like the Republic of Korea and the Philippines as well as
emerging markets like Russia.
(Xinhua News Agency January 8, 2008)