The head of the Tourism Association said on a radio program Tuesday that tourist numbers have rebounded during the Lunar New Year break, reaching nearly 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
Tourism Association executive director Timothy Chui Ting-pong, who appeared on a radio program today, said that about 200 mainland groups have recently been arriving in Hong Kong every day, reaching about two-thirds of the pre-pandemic level.
He also said that the number of mainland tourists entering the country on the second day of the new year was significantly higher than that of the first day, and he believes that major events such as fireworks displays were beneficial for attracting tourists.
Chui also added that the overall hotel occupancy rate exceeded 90 percent and that some cheaper hotels were fully booked.
He added that currently, Hong Kong’s main attractions are still “eating, shopping and playing” and believes that traditional festival activities, including fireworks displays, night markets, fire dragon dances, etc., can attract tourists to Hong Kong.
Lee Ka-long, the founding president of the Hong Kong Tourist Guesthouse United Association program, said during the same radio program that the hotel occupancy rate during the Lunar New Year has reached 90 to 95 percent, similar to pre-pandemic levels, but prices are 30 percent cheaper compared to pre-pandemic levels.
He also said that about 70 percent of tourists staying in the hotel are from the mainland, and the rest include more tourists from Southeast Asia.
Chan believes that, in addition to major events, if each district adds photo-taking spots, it could attract more tourists.