15th January 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Tourism Development Bureau (HKTB) announced today that the number of tourists visiting Hong Kong recorded a total of more than 55.9 million last year, which was a year-on-year decrease of approximately 9.1 million, or 14.2%, compared with 65 million in the previous year. The HKTB said that although the number of visitors to Hong Kong recorded a growth of 13.9% in the first half of last year, due to civil unrest, the number of visitors has fallen since July 2019, and the decline has intensified in the following months. The overall number of visitors to Hong Kong recorded a decline of 39.1% in the second half of the year.
The HKTB pointed out that all-year-round visitor arrivals in various source markets have fallen, of which the Mainland and short-haul markets have fallen by 14.2% and 18.7% respectively, and the long-haul and new markets have fallen by 12.7% to 13.5%. Overall overnight visitors to Hong Kong fell 18.8%, to 23.76 million. The chairman of HKTB, Pang acknowledged that Hong Kong’s tourism industry has faced great challenges in the past year. The Bureau has publicized in many short-haul markets, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand. Markets, etc and they planned to rebuild Hong Kong’s tourism image and revitalize the tourism industry in the near future.