Package tours and hotel occupancy rate for May 2017

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that visitors on package tours totalled 681,000 in May 2017, up by 1.2% month-to-month and 20.7% year-on-year. Package tour visitors from Mainland China (524,000), the Republic of Korea (42,000) and Taiwan (35,000) rose by 18.9%, 56.4% and 14.6% respectively year-on-year. In the first five months of 2017, visitors on package tours totalled 3,085,000, up by 8.0% year-on-year.

Outbound residents using services of travel agencies rose by 15.1% year-on-year to 112,000. Residents travelling on package tours (46,000) went up by 23.1%, with those going to Mainland China increasing by 21.6% to 32,000. In the first five months of 2017, outbound residents using services of travel agencies totalled 557,000, up by 10.6% year-on-year.

There were 107 hotels & guesthouses operating at the end of May 2017. Number of guest rooms increased by 13.0% year-on-year to 36,000, with 32 five-star hotels offering 22,000 rooms (60.1% of the total), up by 6.0% year-on-year.

Number of guests of hotels & guesthouses in May 2017 increased by 20.1% year-on-year to 1,125,000, and those coming from Mainland China (719,000), Hong Kong (138,000) and Taiwan (44,000) grew by 21.0%, 6.3% and 21.2% respectively; guests from the Republic of Korea surged by 107.9% to 44,000. The average length of stay of guests held stable at 1.4 nights. The average occupancy rate of hotels & guesthouses went up by 5.0 percentage points year-on-year to 84.9%, with that of four-star hotels leading at 89.2%, up by 5.1 percentage points; meanwhile, the occupancy rates of five-star (84.8%) and three-star hotels (83.2%) also grew by 5.5 percentage points and 0.5 percentage points respectively year-on-year.

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