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Visitors Spend More in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, August 28 -- Visitor spending in Hong Kong totaled 31.26 billion HK dollars (4 billion U.S. dollars) from January to June 2001, an increase of 7.7 percent compared to the same period of last year, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) here Monday.

The tourism receipts figures issued by the HKTB show that visitor spending has been rising in line with arrivals growth.

Across all markets, there were 1,174,565 visitors to Hong Kong in July, a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase. For the first seven months of this year, arrivals growth stands at 7.4 percent.

The number of visitors from the mainland records strong growth of 20.3 percent from July of 2000, with 400,172 mainland visitors to Hong Kong in July this year.

So far, arrivals from the mainland have grown by 12.7 percent, as opportunities are opened up for more mainland residents to travel to more destinations.

These travelers are allowed up to seven days' visa-free stay in Hong Kong en route, and are using the opportunity to stop over for a few days and spend money.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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