Tourism Performance in 2012
In 2012, Hong Kong received a record-high of 48.6 million visitors from around the world, a remarkable increase of 16.0% over 2011.
The table below summarises Hong Kong's tourism performance in 2012 -
Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board
| Total visitor arrivals
||48 615 113
| - Overnight arrivals
||23 770 195
| - Same-day arrivals
||24 844 918
|Average hotel occupancy rate
|Average achieved hotel room rate
|Average length of stay of overnight visitors
|Overnight visitor per capita spending
|Total Tourism Expenditure Associated to Inbound Tourism
In 2012, Mainland China continued to be our largest visitor source market with 34.9 million arrivals (+24.2%), accounting for 71.8% of our total arrivals. Amongst all Mainland arrivals, 19.8 million (56.7%) were same-day visitors, up by 36.6% year-on-year. 23.1 million (66.3%) Mainland visitors came to Hong Kong under the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS), up by 26.2% over 2011.
For the rest of Asia, the growth of visitors from the region had narrowed down or decreased slightly. This was due to the fact that many visitors in the region cancelled their trip to Japan and came to Hong Kong in 2011 following Japan's 311 earthquake and related incidents, which had resulted in a large arrival base from the region to Hong Kong in 2011 and hence a comparatively smaller growth in 2012. In 2012, arrivals from the Philippines, South Korea, Macau and Thailand grew by 7.6%, 5.6%, 4.8% and 4.4% respectively whereas the arrivals from Taiwan declined by 2.8% year-on-year due to the continued adverse impact brought by cross-strait direct flights.
For long-haul markets, the uncertain economic environment led to a mild drop of 1.4% in arrivals. In particular, the United States remained the largest long-haul market, but registered a 2.3% decrease in arrivals. Meanwhile, visitor arrivals from our emerging market Russia continued to demonstrate robust growth (+41.8%) thanks to the visa-free arrangements and expanded flight capacity.