Date
16 January 2017
Mainland Chinese tourists accounted for the bulk of holidaymakers in Hong Kong during the Labor Day weekend. Photo: HKEJ
Mainland Chinese tourists accounted for the bulk of holidaymakers in Hong Kong during the Labor Day weekend. Photo: HKEJ

Labor day holiday sparks surge in Hong Kong visitors

Hong Kong visitor arrivals are up 10 percent, driven by increased holiday traffic during the Labor Day weekend.

More than 365,000 people visited Hong Kong during the three-day holiday, with 254,000 coming on Saturday and Sunday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The figure is up 9 percent from last year.

Labor Day fell on a Sunday this year, so Monday was also a holiday in Hong Kong.

Of those 254,000 visitors, 202,000 were mainland Chinese, up 14.1 percent from a year ago.

Joseph Tung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, said Japanese tourists have been taking advantage of a stronger yen.

Also, Hong Kong hotels have been offering lower rates, he said.

The short break meant holidaymakers chose a closer destination, Michael Wu, honorary adviser to the Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents, said.

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