U.S. arrivals to Hong Kong increase 7.9% in March

Tourist arrivals to Hong Kong in the first three months of 2007 totaled 6.6 million, an increase of 6.3% over the same period a year ago, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The numbers for March, at 2.7 million, indicated a more modest increase of 2.9%.

On the other hand, arrivals from the U.S. created a different growth pattern with faster growth in March. A total of 277,449 Americans visited in the first three months, up 5.1% over the same period last year. But in March alone, with 115,014 American arrivals, the increase was 7.9% for the month.

The HKTB also reported that arrivals from the rest of China totaled 3.8 million during the first three months of the year, an increase of 5.2%.

Among all visitors in the first quarter of this year, the HKTB said, close to two-thirds (61.3%) stayed overnight in the city whereas 38.7% were same-day visitors.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Nadine Godwin at [email protected].

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