Date
28 March 2017
Anthony Lau says tighter entry requirements for mainlanders, a crackdown on parallel trading and falling currencies in major markets will weigh on the tourism industry this year. Photo: HKEJ
Anthony Lau says tighter entry requirements for mainlanders, a crackdown on parallel trading and falling currencies in major markets will weigh on the tourism industry this year. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong forecasts drop in 2016 tourist numbers

Hong Kong expects fewer tourists this year amid tighter entry rules for visitors from the mainland.

Overall tourist arrivals are forecast to fall 1.8 percent from 2015, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). 

Executive director Anthony Lau said tighter entry requirements for mainlanders, a crackdown on parallel trading and falling currencies in major markets will weigh on the domestic tourism industry this year.

About 58.27 million tourists are expected to visit Hong Kong in 2016, nearly three-quarters of whom mainlanders, down 3.2 percent. 

In 2015, the figure was 59.3 million, down 2.5 percent from the preceding year.

Per-capita tourist spending is forecast to drop 4 percent to HK$6,948 (US$892), the first dip below HK$7,000 in six years, amid a fall in major currencies, the report said.

In all, tourism revenue could slide 1.6 percent to HK$328.4 billion.

HKTB is planning to spend HK$333 million this fiscal year to promote tourism and related activities.

About HK$155 million will be used to attract overnight visitors, HK$115 million to pitch Hong Kong to tourist markets in Japan, Korea, India and the United States and the rest to lure mainlanders.

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