Information from the Statistics and Census Service indicates that in June 2005, visitor arrivals in package tours totalled 214,932, up 14.3% over June 2004. Visitors from Mainland China (167,430) increased 8.7% year-on-year; visitors from Taiwan, China (22,901) jumped 88.5% and those from Hong Kong (6,299) dropped 50.7%. In the first half of 2005, visitor arrivals in package tours grew 6.9% over the same period of 2004 to 1,237,100. Number of Macao residents travelling in package tours totalled 28,206 in June 2005, a year-on-year increase of 33.4%. Mainland China, Thailand and Taiwan, China were the three more popular tour itineraries, which accounted for 79.1%, 4.6% and 3.5% of the total respectively. In the first half of 2005, Macao residents travelling in package tours surged 51.6% compared with the same period of 2004. Meanwhile, 27,224 Macao residents travelled under own arrangements with the assistance of travel agencies, an increase of 3.0% over June 2004; Mainland China (40.0%), Hong Kong (20.1%) and Taiwan, China (18.5%) were the major destinations. In the first half of 2005, Macao residents travelling under such arrangements decreased slightly by 0.5% compared with the same period of 2004. At the end of June 2005, there were 10,571 rooms available in hotels and similar establishments, an increase of 1,271 rooms (13.7%) over June 2004. In June 2005, a total of 335,215 guests checked into hotels and similar establishments in Macao, a growth of 5.3% over June 2004. The average hotel occupancy rate fell 7.3 percentage points to 67.7% compared with the same month of 2004. The highest occupancy rate was in 3-star hotels, at 78.3%. The average length of stay of hotel guests dropped 0.06 night over June 2004 to 1.14 nights. The majority of the guests came from Mainland China (58.0%), Hong Kong (26.8%) and Taiwan, China (3.5%). In the first half of 2005, number of hotel guests showed a year-on-year increase of 1.6% to 1,904,927. In the first half of 2005, hotel guests (excluding Macao residents) accounted for 42.4% of the total number of tourists, which was lower than the 46.5% recorded in the same period of 2004.