Visitor spending last year pumped a record HK$130 billion into the economy as Hong Kong enjoyed its best year for tourism. The Tourism Board said yesterday that visitor spending topped the 2006 record, when HK$119.43 billion was injected into the economy. Preliminary data shows per capita spending by overnight visitors increased to HK$5,100, up from HK$4,799 in 2006. Same-day visitor spending averaged HK$1,100, compared with HK$1,015 a year earlier. The board said the number of arrivals surged more than 10 per cent to more than 28 million from the 25.25 million visitors in 2006. The strong results comfortably topped initial projections of 26.4 million visitors. Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said the results were testament to the city's attraction despite intensifying competition. 'We're especially encouraged that besides the strong performance of mainland China, the growth was spread across different international markets, with all three long-haul regions exceeding their 2006 levels and many of our key source markets achieving their best results,' he said.