Visitor arrivals for February 2020

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that affected by the ongoing epidemic of the novel coronavirus pneumonia, visitor arrivals in February 2020 plunged by 95.6% year-on-year to 156,394. Same-day visitors (81,090) and overnight visitors (75,304) tumbled by 96.0% and 95.0% respectively. Meanwhile, the average length of stay of visitors went up by 1.8 days to 2.8 days, attributable to a longer stay of Mainland visitors that took up the majority of total visitor arrivals. Another contributing factor was the growth in the proportion of overnight visitors (54.9%) among the Mainland visitors. The average duration for overnight visitors surged from 2.1 days in February last year to 5.4 days while that for same-day visitors dropped from 0.2 day to 0.1 day.

Visitor arrivals from most countries/places registered year-on-year decreases of more than 90% in February. Mainland visitors plummeted by 97.2% to 72,307, with those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme (5,822) shrinking by 99.6%. Visitors from the nine Pearl River Delta cities in the Greater Bay Area (23,907) saw a decline of 97.6%. Visitors from Hong Kong (62,489) and Taiwan (5,967) receded by 90.5% and 92.8% respectively, and those from the United States (1,262) and Canada (880) both slipped by more than 80%.

Analysed by checkpoint, visitor arrivals by land recorded a slump of 95.1% year-on-year to 126,502 in February, with those arriving through the Border Gate (65,387) and via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (51,898) reducing by 96.3% and 89.8% respectively. Visitor arrivals by air declined by 93.7% year-on-year to 20,786, and those by sea slid by 98.6% to 9,106.

In the first two months of 2020, visitor arrivals totalled 3,006,859, a drop of 56.9% year-on-year. Same-day visitors (1,611,922) and overnight visitors (1,394,937) decreased by 57.8% and 55.7% respectively. The average length of stay of visitors increased by 0.2 day year-on-year to 1.3 days, with that of overnight visitors (2.5 days) rising by 0.4 day while that of same-day visitors (0.2 day) staying unchanged. Analysed by country/place, visitors from mainland China (2,204,339), Hong Kong (538,521) and Taiwan (76,349) fell by 56.5%, 54.8% and 54.9% respectively, and those from the United States (12,885), Australia (7,637) and Canada (5,805) recorded year-on-year decline.

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