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
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
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