For the first time this year, the GCC market has taken the lead in visitor arrivals to Hong Kong within the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s new markets category.
Latest statistics reveal that between the 1 January to 28 February 2014, 6,487 visitors travelled to the destination from the GCC, a YTD increase of 18.5%. Within the month of February, 2,538 visitors from the GCC were recorded, marking an increase of 19.9% compared to 2013.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board classifies the GCC within the new markets category alongside India, Russia, Vietnam and the Netherlands. Although, in terms of total number of passengers, the GCC statistics were much smaller compared to larger Indian and Russian markets, the percentage growth recorded was much higher.
India followed closely behind with an increase of 11.9% whereas Russia recorded an increase of only 1.7%. Travel numbers from the GCC to Hong Kong have continued to grow, an encouraging trend for HKTB and their representative team at Gulf Reps Ltd.
Globally year-to-date visitor arrival figures for Hong Kong were up by 9.8% with 4,417,376 visitors recorded of which just under 3.5 million came from Mainland China.