Package tours and hotel occupancy rate for January 2016

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that visitors on package tours totalled 581,000 in January 2016, down by 31.2% year-on-year and 18.5% month-to-month. Package tour visitors from Mainland China (455,000) decreased by 33.2% year-on-year, and those from the Republic of Korea (32,000), Hong Kong (16,000) and Taiwan (33,000) dropped by 18.1%, 29.7% and 29.1% respectively; meanwhile, those from Japan (14,000) increased by 27.1%. Outbound residents using services of travel agencies totalled 118,000 in January 2016, up by 5.3% year-on-year. Residents travelling on package tours rose substantially by 27.5% year-on-year to 52,000; the main destination was Mainland China (78.1% of total), up by 21.3%, followed by the Republic of Korea (7.2%) and Hong Kong (4.3%), both showing year-on-year growth. There were 106 hotels and guesthouses operating at the end of January 2016, an increase of 9 year-on-year. Number of guest rooms totalled 32,000, up by 4,000 (+16.0%) year-on-year, with those of 5-star hotels (20,000) and 4-star hotels (8,000) together accounting for 87.5%. A total of 895,000 guests checked into hotels and guesthouses in January 2016, up by 11.9% year-on-year. Guests from Mainland China increased by 8.3% to 580,000, while those from the Republic of Korea (28,000), Japan (17,000), Hong Kong (108,000) and Taiwan (40,000) recorded double-digit growth. The average length of stay of guests held stable as January 2015, at 1.4 nights. The average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses was 76.5%, down by 3.2 percentage points year-on-year; 4-star hotels had the highest occupancy rate at 78.9%, up by 1.2 percentage points. Visitor-guests accounted for 73.7% of the total overnight visitors, up substantially by 5.1 percentage points year-on-year.

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