HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Tourist arrivals down 4.8% to 5.2 million in July

Arrivals from China dropped 5.5% in the same month.

Visitor arrivals dropped 4.8% YoY to 5.2 million in July, according to data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

In particular, arrivals from China, which made up 80% of the total number of tourists in July, went down 5.5% MoM to 4.16 million visitors.

The downtick was observed in almost all major market areas including the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, North Asia, and Taiwan. In contrast,visitors from South and Southeast Asia, rose 1.3% in the same month at 241,685.

The biggest decrease came from Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, with 13.3% less visitors at 51,670.

Also read: Tourist arrivals up 5.2% to 5.57 million in April

Hotel room occupancy also dipped 5.0% YoY to 86% in July, and 2.0% for the first seven months of the year.

Meanwhile, inbound tourist spending grew 10.3% to $328.19b in 2018. The biggest increase came from same-day in-town visitors, who spent 25.5% more at $78.76b.

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