In June, the city welcomed 669,600 tourists visiting on package tours, a decrease of 4.5 per cent month-on-month, but an 18.1 per cent year-on-year increase, according to the latest data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).
In terms of the visitor origins, tourists from India on package tours saw the largest increase, up 167.1 per cent year-on-year to 23,700.
Visitors on package tours from South Korea increased 30.7 per cent year-on-year to 39,500.
Tourists from mainland China on package tours increased 15.8 per cent year-on-year to 509,800 during the month, while a 9.5 per cent increase in Taiwanese tourists was also seen, reaching 35,100 visitors.
DSEC revealed that the city attracted a total of 3.78 million visitors on package tours in the first half-year, up 10.3 per cent year-on-year.
Local residents engaging travel agencies to travel outside of the city increased by 12.4 per cent year-on-year in June, reaching 108,000.
In particular, a total of 29,000 MSAR residents travelled to mainland China on package tours, up 12 per cent year-on-year, while total outbound travel to the Mainland hit 58,700, a 22.1 per cent yearly increase.
For the first half of the year, a total of 665,000 local residents travelled using travel agencies, an increase of 10.9 per cent year-on-year. As at end-2016 the local population had reached 644,900 residents, according to DSEC data.
Hotels and guesthouses
As at the end of June, there were a total of 107 hotels and guesthouses operating in the city, with the number of guest rooms increasing 13.9 per cent year-on-year, to 37,000.
The number of visitors staying in hotels in June also increased by 15.9 per cent to 1.09 million, with visitor numbers from South Korea showing the largest increase, up 102.1 per cent year-on-year to 41,300.
Visitors from South Korea made up just 3.8 per cent of the city’s June hotel occupants, with mainland Chinese guests occupying the largest part, at 63.1 per cent.
A total of 688,400 Chinese visitors stayed in hotels in June, up 17.3 per cent year-on-year.
The number of Taiwanese and Indian tourists who stayed in the city’s hotels and guesthouses fell 5.4 per cent and 1.7 per cent, respectively year-on-year, despite the substantial increase in the number of Indian tourists on package tours during the month.
The average length of stay held stable at 1.4 nights in June, while average occupancy rates rose 2.4 percentage points year-on-year to 85.1 per cent. That of four-star hotels was up 2.4 percentage points (88.1 per cent), while that of three-star hotels rose 0.9 percentage points (84.7 per cent) and that of five-star hotels rose 2.5 percentage points (85.4 per cent)
For the first six months of this year, DSEC revealed that a total of 6.35 million guests stayed in the city’s hotels and guesthouses, a 15.8 per cent increase year-on-year, while the occupancy rate was up 4.9 percentage points to 84.2 per cent. The average length of stay during the first half-year stood at 1.4 nights.