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Tourism Performance

Tourism Performance in 2016

Hong Kong's tourism industry was affected by a number of external factors in recent years, including the subpar global economic growth and intensifying regional competition posed by neighbouring tourist destinations as a result of the depreciation of their currencies, rendering the industry undergoing a period of consolidation.

In 2016, the number of visitors from around the world received by Hong Kong declined by 4.5% over 2015 to 56.7 million. The table below summarises Hong Kong's tourism performance in 2016 -

vs. 2015
Total visitor arrivals 56 654 903 -4.5%
    - Overnight arrivals 26 552 681 -0.5%
    - Same-day arrivals 30 102 222 -7.7%
Average hotel occupancy rate 87% +1 percentage point
Average achieved hotel room rate HK$1,287 -3.7%
Average length of stay of overnight visitors 3.3 nights no change
Overnight visitor per capita spending HK$6,599 -8.8%
Total Tourism Expenditure Associated to Inbound Tourism HK$296.2 billion -10.1%
Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Despite recording a decline of 6.7% in Mainland arrivals to 42.8 million in 2016, the Mainland remained our largest visitor source market accounting for around 76% of our total arrivals. The "one trip per week" measure for Shenzhen residents implemented since April 2015 that took into account the receiving capacity of individual districts in Hong Kong and the development direction of attracting more overnight visitors have expectedly resulted in a drop of 8.7% of same-day Mainland arrivals. Meanwhile, Mainland overnight arrivals decreased by 3.5%.

Nevertheless, it is worth noting that there were some signs of recovery of our arrivals in certain markets in 2016. For instance, among non-Mainland arrivals, the number of visitors from the short-haul markets registered an increase of 3.4% over 2015 to 9.2 million, underpinned by the strong growth in the overnight arrivals by 7.6%. Likewise, arrivals from the long-haul markets increased by 2.3% to 4.7 million. The high value-added segments, including the arrivals of overnight visitors for Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition ("MICE") and cruise passenger throughput also recorded a year-on-year increase of 10% and 50% respectively.

Hong Kong's top ten visitor source markets in 2016 in the order of arrival numbers were the Mainland, Taiwan, South Korea, United States, Japan, Macao, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. Altogether they accounted for 92% of the total visitor arrivals.