Hong Kong's Visitor Arrivals Continue to Grow
HONG KONG, June 6 -- Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in
April 2001 totaled 1,178,562, a 3.1 percent increase over the same
period in 2000, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board Wednesday.
This maintains the pattern of moderate growth seen in the year
to date, with cumulative arrivals for January to April 2001
totaling 4,375,598, up 6.5 percent over the first four months of
While arrivals from Japan and South Korea and the Americas were
especially encouraging in April, showing growth of 13.7 percent
and 5.8 percent respectively, most European source markets showed
a slight decline due to continuing economic concerns and the
current low value of the euro.
Nevertheless, regional sentiment towards Hong Kong as a
destination remains extremely positive.
A recent survey among Asian readers of Time and Fortune
magazines shows that Hong Kong is given the highest ranking among
10 Asian destinations for tourism, with 72 percent of readers
rating it "good" or "excellent," ahead of Japan and Thailand.
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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