Visitor numbers rise 15pc

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong achieved a record January with 2.2 million arrivals, a year-on-year jump of about 15 per cent, tourism chief Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said.

The performance over the Lunar New Year was also reasonably strong with 810,000 tourists from January 28 to February 8, many of them from the mainland, she said. Compared to a year ago, this was an increase of more than 17 per cent.

Last year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board achieved its target of about 23 million visitors. This year, which is part of the global Discover Hong Kong Year campaign, the goal is more than 27 million.

Spending per tourist last year was maintained at about $4,500, roughly the same as in 2004.

Mrs Chow also said she hoped the recent Hong Kong Disneyland ticket chaos that saw tour groups locked out of the theme park would be forgotten soon.