Hong Kong: July arrivals first rise in '98

HONG KONG -- July arrivals to Hong Kong showed an increase for the first time this year, the Hong Kong Tourist Association said.

Overall arrivals jumped 26.5% in July when compared to July 1997, the HKTA said. The 832,664 arrivals were about 86,000 more than were posted in June 1998, and represented the largest monthly total since last December.

The highest increase in arrivals, 150%, came from mainland China. Arrivals from the Americas rose 18.7% during the same time period.

Although arrivals from South and Southeast Asia fell by 16.6%, the HKTA said it was encouraged by an 11.8% increase in Taiwanese travelers and a 11.7% rise in Japanese visitors. Arrivals from the major source market of South Korea plummeted by 41.8%, however.

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