17th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced today (17th) that the preliminary number of visitors to Hong Kong has rebounded in December last year, reaching 9,448, an increase of 94.1% over the same period of the previous year, mainly from the Mainland around 1.5 times.
However, the number of visitors for the whole of last year still fell by 97.4% year-on-year to about 91,000. The HKTB pointed out that visitors travel to Hong Kong to mainly visit family members and other reasons and the level of leisure visitors continues to remain close to zero. The HKTB announced the preliminary numbers of visitors to Hong Kong last month and the whole of last year. Among them, there were 91,398 visitors to Hong Kong last year, with the mainland amounting to 65,694 visitors, accounting for 71.8%. However, the number still fell by 97.6% year-on-year. In addition, the number of non-mainland visitors to Hong Kong, including short-haul, long-haul, and new markets, was 25,704, down 97% year-on-year.
However, in December last year, the epidemic situation in Hong Kong stabilised, and the Hong Kong government launched the “Come2Hk” program earlier to allow non-Hong Kong people to come to Hong Kong to a limited extent. The figures show that in December last year, 9,448 people visited Hong Kong, up 94.1% year-on-year, mainly from the mainland, accounting for 68.5% of the total, a 167% increase compared to the previous year. There were also 2,973 non-mainland people, compared with 2020. It rose by 21.7% over the same period. The increase in December last year is estimated to be because the government has implemented the program since September last year, allowing non-Hong Kong residents from Guangdong Province and Macao to enter Hong Kong without quarantine. The Shenzhen Bay Port and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Each port provided around 1,000 quotas each day. As of the 23rd of last month, a total of 23,906 people arrived in Hong Kong under the program, of which 21,559 people entered Hong Kong through the Shenzhen Bay Port and 2,347 people entered Hong Kong through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port.