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Visitor arrivals to HK up 20 pct in April

05-29-2011 14:01 BJT

Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong reached 3,357,960 in April, a 20 percent-increase compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the Hong Kong Tourism Board on Thursday.

For the January-to-April period, total arrivals stood at 13,065, 931, 14.4 percent higher from last year.

During the month, visitor arrivals from Chinese mainland continued the upward trend, rising by 28.7 percent to surpass 2.13 million.

The majority of the visitors remained those traveling under the Individual Visit Scheme, who accounted for 1.35 million or 63.2 percent of all arrivals, a year-on-year increase of 41.9 percent.

Factors such as the increased Hong Kong-Singapore flights, enhanced promotion of Hong Kong tour products and a strong Singapore dollar against the Hong Kong dollar have jointly fueled visitor arrivals to increase by nearly 20 percent.

As for the emerging markets, Russia continued to take the lead with a growth rate of 73 percent in April, as led by the continuous robust economy of the country, which has encouraged outbound travel.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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