Visitor Arrivals for September 2013

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that visitor arrivals increased by 7.9% year-on-year to 2,332,325 in September 2013; same-day visitors accounted for 50.5% of the total, at 1,178,340. In September 2013, visitors from Mainland China increased by 19.6% year-on-year to 1,502,723, coming primarily from Guangdong Province (585,027) and Zhejiang Province (62,990); Mainland visitors travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme totalled 589,667. Moreover, visitors from the Republic of Korea (37,776) increased by 15.9%, while those from Hong Kong (523,105); Taiwan, China (91,714) and Japan (25,516) decreased by 10.1%, 5.6% and 27.7%. Long-haul visitors from the UK (4,804) increased by 3.6% year-on-year, whereas those from the US (12,926), Australia (9,634) and Canada (5,379) decreased by 5.6%, 4.8% and 14.0% respectively. The average length of stay of visitors held stable from a year earlier, at 1.0 day in September 2013; overnight and same-day visitors stayed an average of 1.9 days and 0.2 day respectively. Visitor arrivals totalled 7,768,583 in the third quarter of 2013, up by 6.6% year-on-year. In the first three quarters of 2013, visitor arrivals totalled 21,910,823, an increase of 5.0% year-on-year. Visitors from Mainland China and the Republic of Korea increased by 12.0% and 5.8% respectively, while those from Hong Kong and Taiwan, China decreased by 4.5% and 9.5%. Long-haul visitors from the US (128,263), Australia (78,480) and Canada (52,409) saw year-on-year decline; on the contrary, those from the UK (43,597) registered year-on-year increase.

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