Package Tours and Hotel Occupancy Rate for May 2014

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that visitor arrivals in package tour increased by 21% year-on-year to 925,000 in May 2014. Attributable to the Labour Day holidays, visitors from Mainland China (734,000) recorded an increase of 25%, with 240,000 coming from Guangdong Province. Visitors from Taiwan (62,000) surged by 50% and those from Hong Kong (33,000) increased by 3%; meanwhile, visitors from the Republic of Korea (27,000) decreased by 2%. In the first five months of 2014, visitor arrivals in package tour reached 4,449,000, up by 16% year-on-year. Outbound residents using services of travel agencies were 116,000 in May, up by 2% year-on-year; those travelling in package tour totalled 47,000 and the main destinations were Mainland China (70% of total), Taiwan (8%) and the Republic of Korea (7%). In the first five months of 2014, outbound residents totalled 585,000, up by 1% year-on-year. There were 99 hotels and guesthouses operating at the end of May 2014, providing 28,000 guest rooms, down by 1% year-on-year; 5-star hotels accounted for 66% of the total supply, with 18,000 rooms. A total of 886,000 guests checked into hotels and guesthouses in May 2014, down by 3% year-on-year, of which guests from Hong Kong (103,000) decreased by 29%. Guests staying in 5-star hotels accounted for 58% of the total. The average length of stay of guests was 1.4 nights, up by 0.1 night year-on-year. The average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses increased by 7 percentage points year-on-year to 86%, with 4-star hotels leading at 88%. In the first five months of 2014, hotel guests totalled 4,438,000, up by 2% year-on-year; the average occupancy rate stood at 86%, an increase of 7 percentage points. In the first five months of 2014, visitor-guests accounted for 70% of the total overnight visitors, down by 2 percentage points year-on-year.

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