Hong Kong had a very impressive twelve million overnight visitors to its city between Janaury and June of this year, a six month period.
That number represented a sizable 8.7 percent year-in-year increase for the heavily-populated city which had once been under British control, but is now part of China.
There is a relatively new group of tourists that has been helping to push the numbers upwards for this exciting urban playground. It is travelers from mainland China, a vast country that now has a rapidly-expanding tourist base, people that have the financial capability to travel.
Hong Kong has been a tourist destination for the first half of this year for seven million eighty four thousand people from China, a number that represents a sizable sixteen percent increase from the same six month period one year earlier.
The Hong Kong tourism Board has claimed that Chinese tourism and travel is up a whopping 19.4 percent, making this group a major target of the Hong Kong tourist industry.
At the same time, Japanese tourism to Hong Kong plummeted by nearly thirty percent, actually 29.1 percent, due largely to a very weak yen, that country’s national currency.