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Old July 28th, 2004, 04:29 PM   #1
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Hong Kong Tourism News

Wednesday July 28, 7:38 PM
Visitors to Hong Kong rise to record in first half

HONG KONG, July 28 (Reuters) - The number of visitors to Hong Kong rose to a record in the first half of this year on a surge in mainland Chinese tourists following the relaxation of travel restrictions for an increasing number of mainlanders.
Ten million tourists from around the world came to Hong Kong in the first six months of this year, the city's tourism promotion authority, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Those visitors included more than 5.66 million mainlanders, beating the board's target of 5.40 million for the first half.

"Led by the robust performance of the mainland market, total visitor arrivals had exceeded the half-year target to reach the 10 million landmark for the first time," the board said, without giving the target.

"We are confident of achieving the board's yearly target," it added. In February, the board said it forecast a record 20.5 million visitors this year.

China started to ease travel restrictions in July last year by allowing residents from some Chinese cities to visit the territory without having to join tour groups, with the aim of boosting Hong Kong's flagging economy.

Before, all mainland Chinese who visited the territory had to come as members of tour groups. The relaxation has since been extended to more and more cities.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 02:25 AM   #2
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what is the highest # of tourist ever visited hk per year?
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How much is worldwide visitors? Is there an increase or decrease?
Well I think the first few years after the relaxation of travel restrictions does help Hong Kong on tourism, the advantage of Hong Kong is near. But going too many times does boring. And also mainlanders are going to have more and more choice to go to other cities in the world, Hong Kong has to keep the attractive point, and increase more attractive things. Disneyland sure is good, but other cities can do that too, I hope more development and world exhibitions can be held in Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong Disneyland welcomes Jacky Cheung as Official Spokesperson

22 July 2004


Hong Kong Disneyland today officially welcomed famed entertainer Jacky Cheung into the Disneyland family, naming the celebrity as the official Spokesperson for the Theme Park. As Spokesperson, Cheung will bring the magic of Disneyland Parks and Disney stories to the people of Hong Kong and Asia.

Hong Kong Disneyland Group Managing Director Don Robinson praised Cheung, "Jacky Cheung is a household name in Hong Kong and across Asia. He is a true gentleman, a man who has brought happiness to millions through his remarkable music, his outstanding film acting, his exceptional theatrical performances, and, most of all, through his generous spirit, his devotion to family and his many works for charity. He stands for everything that makes Disney so special - its unique brand of quality entertainment, its family values and its ability to touch people all over the world."

At the same event, Hong Kong Disneyland Vice President Marketing and Sales Roy Tan Hardy explained the Spokesperson's role and its importance to Hong Kong Disneyland. "Throughout Disney's history, from Walt Disney to current executives, the role of Spokesperson has been vital to what our company stands for -- as the public face for our unique brand of family entertainment. Hong Kong Disneyland's Spokesperson will be especially important. He will help us connect with new audiences in Asia - a new part of the world for Disneyland -- by introducing our values and heritage, the magic of Disneyland and the worlds of fun, fantasy and adventure inside our Theme Park."

"I have always hoped that Hong Kong will become better and better," Cheung said. "When Disney announced that it would open a Theme Park here in Hong Kong, I was indeed excited - this was something that we all very much look forward to. It is a great honor to be Hong Kong Disneyland's Spokesperson and I am thrilled to be a part of the Disney family, especially now that I have a child. I really hope that my family will have more fun places to visit, and more memorable experiences together. As Disney's first flagship theme park in China, I wish Hong Kong Disneyland the greatest success."
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Old July 29th, 2004, 04:49 PM   #5
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How much is worldwide visitors? Is there an increase or decrease?
Well I think the first few years after the relaxation of travel restrictions does help Hong Kong on tourism, the advantage of Hong Kong is near. But going too many times does boring. And also mainlanders are going to have more and more choice to go to other cities in the world, Hong Kong has to keep the attractive point, and increase more attractive things. Disneyland sure is good, but other cities can do that too, I hope more development and world exhibitions can be held in Hong Kong.
Well, you don't have to worry about that. The number of Chinese from the Mainland who can afford to travel to Hongkong is increasing at an amazing rate. With over 200 Million and still growing middle-class consumers it will take decades till everyone has visited HK more than once.
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Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals pass 10 Million mark

2 August 2004

Hong Kong visitor arrivals passed the 10 million mark at the year’s halfway stage for the first time, totalling 10,012,618 from January to June 2004. This is 68.3% ahead of the same period in 2003, almost 10 percentage points clear of the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) half-year growth forecast of 58.6%.

This achievement follows another strong performance in June when Hong Kong welcomed 1,646,530 arrivals, the highest June figure on record. This represents a 127.0% increase on the June 2003 result, when Hong Kong was still listed as a Sars-affected area, and 40.2% growth on the June 2002 figure, which provides a more meaningful benchmark as 2002 was a record year for the industry.

HKTB Executive Director Clara Chong commented that the six-month performance was highly encouraging on a number of fronts. “Firstly, we are now seeing steady growth across almost all markets, both long-haul and short-haul,” she explained. “We had not expected the three long-haul markets to regain their 2002 levels until the third quarter of the year, but all of them have already now achieved that. Even Japan, though it has not yet returned to 2002 levels, is making more progress every month and has exceeded our half-year targets.

“Secondly, we were not expecting to pass the 10 million milestone until sometime in July,” Ms Chong added. “When you consider it was only in 1995 that we reached 10 million arrivals in a full year for the first time, it is really a remarkable achievement to reach the same landmark within half that time just nine years later.”

“Last but not least, this result keeps Hong Kong well on track to reach its goal of 20.5 million arrivals for the full year, which would be another important milestone. Arrivals in the second half of the year are always a little higher than in the first, so we are reasonably confident of achieving this aggressive target, so long as no unforeseen external factors arise.”

Analysis by Markets, June and first half of 2004

June is traditionally one of the quieter months for Hong Kong tourism and this year’s total of 1,646,530 visitor arrivals surpasses the previous best June figure, recorded in 2002, by more than 470,000. The cumulative January to June total of 10,012,618 also sets new records, representing 68.3% growth over the same period in 2003 and 33.4% growth over the 2002 figure.

Mainland China was again the largest contributor with 867,445 June arrivals, increases of 84.3% and 104.7% respectively over the same months in 2003 and 2002. Several major trade shows staged in Hong Kong during June, including ITE Hong Kong, Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair and the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Watch Fair, helped stimulate business traffic from this market, while leisure travel continued to benefit from the Individual Visit Scheme. Some 266,791 Mainland visitors during the month, 30.8% of the total, arrived as individuals from the 23 cities where this scheme had by then come into operation. Since 1 July, a further nine cities in Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces have been added.

For the first six months of 2004, Hong Kong has now welcomed 5,668,131 Mainland visitors, a 75.2% increase over the first six months of 2003 and a 96.5% increase on the same period in 2002. This includes 1.60 million arrivals under the Individual Visit Scheme, 28.3% of the Mainland total.

June arrivals from The Americas regained their 2002 levels for the first time in four months, totalling 118,090 which is 304% above the June 2003 figure and 7.4% ahead of the 2002 result. Arrivals from the United States improved by 8.9% on the June 2002 performance and those from Canada by 14.9%. Consumer sentiment to travel overseas is picking up in the US, while awareness of Hong Kong has been increased by several recent major features on the destination in popular travel publications. Cumulatively, arrivals from The Americas in the first six months are 81.3% above the same period in 2003 and a modest 1.9% below those for 2002.

Arrivals from Europe, Africa & the Middle East continue to show steady growth over 2002 levels with June arrivals reaching 88,305, improvements of 179% and 3.7% respectively over the same months in 2003 and 2002. The United Kingdom (+13.2% ahead of June 2002) again led the way, boosted by an increase in air capacity, while among the smaller markets, South Africa (+43.5%) maintained its encouraging steady growth. For the first six months of 2004, total arrivals from this region are 80.4% ahead of the same period in 2003 and 8.2% above those of 2002.

Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific region is also showing steady positive growth and recorded 41,775 June arrivals, a 257% increase on June 2003 and 28.4% increase on the 2002 figure. For the first six months of 2004 overall, arrivals stand at 80.6% ahead of those for 2003 and 10.9% above 2002.

South & Southeast Asia produced its strongest performance so far this year with 186,500 June arrivals, 281% more than in June 2003 and 18.9% ahead of the 2002 figure. Thailand (+41.5%), Singapore (+27.4%), Malaysia (+24.5%) and India (+19.1%) all showed significant growth compared with June 2002, due in part to some highly attractive air fares and packages on offer. Total arrivals for this region in the first six months of 2004 now stand at 95.8% ahead of the same period in 2003 and 5.1% ahead of 2002.

Arrivals from North Asia totalled 129,827 in June, 261% above the June 2003 figure but 6.8% below that of 2002. South Korea (+36.3% compared with June 2002) continues to show strong positive growth while arrivals from Japan (–18.8%) remain below 2002 levels, although the gap has steadily narrowed by some 20 percentage points since the start of this year. For the first six months of 2004 overall, arrivals from this region show a 36.8% increase on the equivalent period in 2003 and a 19.4% decrease on the 2002 result.

June arrivals from Taiwan were 170% above the figures for June 2003 at 174,396. Although this is still 4.2% below the June 2002 result, it is comfortably the strongest performance from Taiwan this year, indicating that a recovery is gathering momentum in this market, which has seen outbound travel to all destinations affected by political and economic concerns. Hong Kong is particularly affected by such trends as it is a major hub and transit point for travel between Taiwan and other regional or international destinations. Taiwan remains Hong Kong’s second largest source market with 982,768 arrivals in the first six months of 2004, an increase of 38.2% on the same period in 2003 but a decrease of 15.5% on the 2002 figure.

Same-Day In-Town Visitors

In June, 60.7% of all visitors stayed one night or longer, a significant improvement on the 55.2% in June 2003. The remaining 39.3% were classified as “same-day in-town” visitors, departing for another destination on the same day as arrival.

Most longer-haul visitors stayed for one night or more, notably those from Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific (79.0%) and The Americas (78.2%), while 78.4% of all visitors from South & Southeast Asia also did so. On the other hand, only 25.3% of Taiwan visitors stayed overnight, as many visitors from this market are in transit to/from Mainland China or other regional destinations. For the first six months of 2004, 62.3% of all visitors have stayed for one night or more, compared with 61.0% for the same period in 2003.

Hotel Occupancy

Average occupancy rate across all categories of hotels and tourist guest houses in June was 86%, compared with only 34% in June 2003 when Hong Kong’s tourism industry was still being badly affected by the Sars crisis. However, it also compares very favourably with the June 2002 figure of 79%.

Hotels in the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok areas enjoyed an especially successful month, averaging 91% occupancy in June. The average achieved hotel room rate across all hotel categories and districts was HK$704, a 21.2% improvement on the June 2003 figure.

For the first six months of 2004, average occupancy now stands at 85%, compared with 54% for the same period in 2003 and 82% in 2002. The average achieved hotel room rate is HK$762, a significant improvement on the HK$654 recorded for this period in 2003 and HK$693 in 2002.
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 10:22 AM   #7
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really good statistic!
if the tourist in HK keep growing, HK will probably be the most visited city in the whole world. (or maybe it already is??)
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The major proponent of growth is mainland Chinese visitors coming to HK under the individual travel scheme. Hotel occupancy rates have already shot over the roof and imagine what Disneyland would do when it opens. However, Hong Kong should continue to market extensively worldwide for other international tourists after being scared away by SARS last year.
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Business travel drives Hong Kong hotels
September 7, 2004



(Reuters) -- A rise in corporate travel is boosting occupancy rates at luxury Hong Kong hotels, but a surge in mainland China tourists has yet to fuel hotel profits across the board, said industry experts.

"Corporate clients will stay in top-end hotels but those hotels focusing on mainland tourists are not yet benefiting in terms of room rates," said Alvin To, research director at international property consultant DTZ Debenham Tie Leung.

To said Hong Kong hotel demand rose only four percent in the first half of the year compared to the last quarter of 2002, the period before Beijing freed up travel rules to allow residents from a handful of Chinese cities to visit Hong Kong on their own.

Many industry watchers had expected a hotel supply crunch with over six million mainland tourists visiting Hong Kong in the first half of this year to shop and dine out. But most tourists currently visit from neighbouring Guangdong province and make short hops into Hong Kong leaving hoteliers with more empty rooms.

Hotel occupancy rates dropped to 85 percent in the first half year versus 86.2 percent in the final 2002 quarter, according to DTZ.

To, however, expects Hong Kong hotels to gain more mainland China business in the near future with nine cities in northern China now eligible for the individual travel scheme. He estimates over 21 million mainland China tourists will visit Hong Kong by the end of the year.

Hong Kong's tourism promotion body expects the number of visitors to grow by 32 percent from SARS-hit 2003 to a record high this year.

Strong demand from corporate travelers is fuelling profits for deluxe hotel chains as Hong Kong's position as a gateway to China spurs visits by an army of investment bankers, lawyers and China sourcing agents.

Deluxe hotel operator Shangri-La Ltd., which operates two hotels in the city, has posted record first-half profits driven by strong demand in the China region.

It posted an 11-fold increase in first-half net profit to $68.69 from $5.60 in the year-ago period.

"We expect room yields to continue growing through the end of the year," said Giovanni Angelini, CEO of Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts at a press briefing.

Angelini said room yields in Hong Kong rose 18 percent in the first half to (U.S.)$145, compared to $123 in the first half of 2002.

Hoteliers prefer to use 2002 as a comparative measure this year after SARS devastated travel to the region in the first half of 2003.

Shangri-La, which makes the bulk of its profits from the Greater China region, said the hotel group had yet to witness a resurgence in long haul leisure guests from Europe and the United States.

"They are here but not back the way we expected, but occupancy rates by the second half of the year are on their way up," Angelini said.

Copyright 2004 Reuters.
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Copyright 2004 South China Morning Post Ltd.
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September 22, 2004
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Long-haul visitors returning in droves
Paggie Leung

The number of long-haul visitors coming to Hong Kong has finally bounced back to pre-Sars levels.

The city welcomed almost 1.79 million long-distance visitors between January and July, up 80 per cent on the same period last year when Sars devastated the tourism industry, the Tourism Board said yesterday.

The figure was also up 5.5 per cent on the 2002 figures.

The biggest growth was in tourists from Australia, up 13.7 per cent over 2002.

There was also strong growth from Europe and the US, the Tourism Board said, without giving figures.

Tourism Board executive director Clara Chong Ming-wah said she expected the number of long-haul travellers this year would surpass the full 2002 figure, underscoring the recovery of the industry.

Ms Chong said that instead of focusing on mainland travellers, the board hoped to maintain a "balanced percentage" of tourists from different regions, keeping the percentage of long-haul visitors at about 15 per cent.

Overall, the mainland was the biggest source of visitors, with 6.83 million mainlanders arriving in the first seven months of the year.

Visitors from the mainland, the United States, Taiwan, Britain and Australia were the biggest spenders last year, the Tourism Board said, with each visitor spending from $ 4,857 to $ 6,018.

The board is spending 44 per cent of its resources on wooing long-haul travellers this year.

Hong Kong will host the annual World Travel Congress of the American Society of Travel Agents from September 28 to October 3. The society is the world's largest association of travel professionals, with more than 20,000 members.

Hong Kong last hosted the event in 1965.
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Old September 29th, 2004, 08:21 PM   #11
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Tourism hits a new high with 2 million visitors in August The record figure provides a perfect backdrop for World Travel Congress
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Hong Kong has been offered a new tourism slogan: "Hong Kong: See It, Sell It".

Authorities yesterday revealed tourism figures had hit a record high with more than 2 million visitors last month.

A total of 14 million visitors had been recorded in the first eight months of the year, said Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Tourist Board.

The news comes with more than 2,000 leading US travel professionals in the city for last night's opening ceremony of the four-day 2004 World Travel Congress, at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"Hong Kong is more than just a destination. It is an experience," said Bev Zukow, the congress' chairwoman.

"Those four words, 'Live It, Love It', are so clever," she said.

"Hong Kong has a mystique about it. It's vibrant, so alive and so diverse. And that is why we are here to 'see it, sell it'."

Organised by the American Society of Travel Agents, the conference is expected to pump more than $ 23 million directly into the economy over the next four days.

"Much more important still is the multiplier effect," said Tourism Board executive director Clara Chong Ming-wah.

"This will create worldwide publicity for Hong Kong, and its selling points as a business and leisure destination."

Following the "magic milestone" of 2 million visitors to Hong Kong last month - and averaging about 400,000 visitors a week over the year - the city was likely to achieve the target of 20.5 million visitors for the full year, she said.

"We place great value on the US market for a number of good reasons. Firstly, it's our largest long-haul market, in fact the fourth-largest of all our source markets.

"Secondly, it has a very high business travel component: last year 43 per cent of all US visitors came on business, compared with 31 per cent across all markets.

"Thirdly, due in part to the large business component, the per-capita spending of US overnight visitors is one of our highest at US$ 720 in 2003, nearly 24 per cent growth on the previous year."

She said the conference was an opportunity to reinforce Hong Kong's reputation as the events capital of Asia.

" It will highlight Hong Kong's ideal location as an international transport hub and meeting point for China business and leisure travel as well as being a market leader in the high-yield conventions and exhibitions segment."

Richard Copland, president and CEO of the American Society of Travel Agents, said the "brave new world of travel" has suffered "four years of conflict, challenge and change".

"If you were to write a book - a thriller or science fiction - you couldn't make this up," he said.
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September 30, 2004

Travel congress upbeat on prospects; Amid a forum on tourism, 400,000 mainlanders will arrive for 'golden week'
Peter Michael

Hong Kong is gearing up for a record "golden week" with 400,000 mainland visitors expected to arrive over the next 10 days, officials say.

This comes on the back of a record high of more than 2 million visitors last month - about 1.2 million from the mainland.And it follows a top-level forum yesterday between senior mainland, Hong Kong and American travel officials on tourism in the pan-Pearl River Delta.

The forum was part of the four-day World Travel Congress taking place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 2,000 travel professionals from the American Society of Travel Agents are attending.

Despite thick smog in much of the city, delegates and officials were yesterday unwilling to comment on the threat to tourism posed by high air pollution.

"It is a bad day," said incoming society president Kathy Sudeikis, of Kansas. "But we are experiencing all the same problems of smog and pollution in the United States."

"It is part of the problems of any busy industrial area. We prefer to see it more as part of the sights, sounds and smells that make up the exotic experience that is Hong Kong."

Ms Sudeikis, whose society is one of the world's most influential travel lobby groups, said the discussion among mainland officials over pan-Pearl River Delta tourism had been eye-opening. "There are parts of China we as travel agents know nothing about, much less our clients. The beauty of Guilin and the mushroom mountains is certainly an area that appeals as a tourism destination for its exotic beauty."

She said Pearl River Delta officials would stand to benefit from the experience of Hong Kong in channelling the sales pitch to American consumers.

"Hong Kong has studied our market and knows exactly how to sell us the things we like. These other nine provinces can use this as a shortcut to use all that experience and data about the US market and to give us what we want."

Tourism Administration Guangdong province deputy chairman Su Jianhe said the American traveller represented a significant opportunity for the pan-Pearl River Delta.

Mr Su said the provinces were still suffering from the impact of last year's Sars outbreak, with tourism down by half.

He said many of the attractions in his region could be taken in "multi -destination packages" based on golf, spas, and gourmet cuisine. He said increased visits from America alone could boost the market by as much as 20 per cent.

Hong Kong Tourism Board executive director Clara Chong Ming-wah said Hong Kong was preparing for a peak season.

"We have the China National Day 'golden week' coming up and expect to welcome around 400,000 mainland visitors over that period," Ms Chong said.

"We hope that our visitors enjoy speedy processing and a hassle-free entry as they come across our borders. October and November always see a lot of business traffic as many conventions and exhibitions take place at this time."

She said pyrotechnic shows combined with the Symphony of Lights would be a feature of the "golden week", the mainland's week-long holiday after national day and a popular time for travel.
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October 11, 2004
Record 49,000 Mainland visitors on National Day

Individual Mainland visitors hit a record high of 49,000 on National Day, with the daily average during the Golden Week holiday jumping 167% over last year.

The Immigration Department said 245,869 individual visitors entered Hong Kong, representing a daily average of more than 17,500.

On October 1, the number of individual visitors reached another peak of 49,240. Most travelled through the land-boundary checkpoints of Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau.

Passenger traffic at control points during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Golden Week holidays remained smooth despite the passenger flux.

Passenger throughput exceeds 7.13m

From September 27 to October 10, more than 7.13 million people travelled into and out of Hong Kong via land, sea and air checkpoints. The figure is up 13% on the same period last year.

Mainland visitors accounted for more than 529,000 during the festive period, up 26% on last year.

Total passenger throughput at land-boundary checkpoints was about 5.4 million, up 13% over last year's 4.78 million. Of these, more than 3.57 million - a daily average of 255,000 - passed through Lo Wu.

Highest daily total passenger throughput came on September 30, with 302,000. The highest daily figure for inbound passengers, 190,000, was recorded on October 3, while that for outbound passengers was at Lo Wu on October 9 with 161,000.

The busiest hour was 6pm to 7pm on September 30, when 29,445 passengers were processed.

Lok Ma Chau sees 1.5m travellers

Passenger traffic at Lok Ma Chau checkpoint during the festive period was also heavy, with a total passenger throughput of 1.5 million, a daily average of more than 107,000.

During the period, the busiest day was October 9 with 121,000 passengers. The highest daily figure of 69,000 for outbound passengers was recorded on the same day, while that for inbound passengers was more than 70,000 on October 3.

The number of counters in Lo Wu departure hall rose from 76 to 90 before the festival period, and most passengers cleared immigration within 30 minutes.
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Hilton also planning Hong Kong comeback
Announcement comes after Regent proposes the same move this week
Denise Tsang
15 October 2004
South China Morning Post

Hilton International wants to return to Hong Kong to cash in on the tourism boom, the second major hotelier to make such an announcement this week.

The group, whose luxury hotel in Central was pulled down in 1995 to make way for Cheung Kong Center, is scouting for a new property that can house up to 800 rooms, according to Guy Phillips, area director of development Middle East and Asia Pacific.

On Monday, Regent International, which left the city in 2001, said it was planning a return as Hong Kong room supply barely met demand growth.

"We're keen on coming back," Mr Phillips said yesterday at the 15th annual Asia-Pacific Hotel Investment Conference. "We're very bullish about the market as occupancy and room rates are getting back to 1996 levels."

Underlining the hoteliers' optimism is the opening of Disneyland next year and the city's deep-rooted role as the gateway to China.

Mr Phillips said Hilton was in talks with property developers about managing a hotel, but choices on prime locations were limited. "We would prefer a new property, so it is hard to specify a time frame for putting up a Hilton here," he said.

Law firm Johnson Stokes & Master partner Andrew MacGeoch said location was critical for top-tier hotels, citing Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Four Seasons Suites to be opened above Hong Kong Station, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Landmark, Central, next year, and W Hotel at Kowloon Station in 2008.

"Regent and Hilton have been trying to rebuild their presence here, but it's difficult to find the right location in the central business district," Mr MacGeoch said.

A case in point is the boutique-style Le Meridien hotel at Cyberport, Pokfulam. The 173-room hotel, a 20-minute taxi ride from Central, was reported to be only 10 per cent occupied shortly after it was opened in April.

However, Michael Sagild, the managing director of Le Meridien's Asia-Pacific operations, said the hotel was fully taken this month and next because of business conferences and exhibitions.

"We struggled for a couple of months as we opened in the quiet season and the Cyberport and surrounding area are not fully occupied yet," Mr Sagild said. "This is the corporate season, and the most difficult time is behind us."

Le Meridien will open two hotels in Shanghai in the next two years and plans three more in other cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou. China is increasingly the focal point of world tourism given its growing economy and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Consultant Horwath Asia Pacific anticipates healthy growth of hotel occupancy in Beijing, which is expected to be 70 to 75 per cent this year and 75 to 80 per cent next. Shanghai and Hong Kong will see an average occupancy of 75 to 80 per cent this year and next.
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October 19, 2004 Tuesday

The Future of Chinese Tourism : Paris is now the top choice for mainlanders

By JUSTINE LAU

Hong Kong's streets and shops were packed with 356,000 travellers from the mainland during the so-called "golden week" of China's National Day holiday on October 1.

In the hope of turning the visitors - who bring with them wads of cash to splurge on everything from cosmetics to jewellery to luxury flats - into customers, retailers gave away coupons and other incentives, such as flashlights and electric fans.

"They are the saviours of our shop and Hong Kong's economy," said an owner of a city centre clothing store.

Driven by a strong recovery in the retail sector that has benefited from an influx of mainland tourists, Hong Kong's economy has rebounded sharply since last summer when the territory was declared free of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars). Retail sales account for about 15 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product.

However, just as Hong Kong welcomed another wave of big-spending mainland tourists, concerns were also rising over the sustainability of the staggering growth in their numbers and how long their spending can fuel the territory's recovery.

Chinese travellers, who usually save money for months before going on trips abroad, are now not only Hong Kong's biggest source of tourist arrivals but also the biggest spenders. Last year, they spent HKDollars 6,018 each during their stay compared with the average of HKDollars 5,502.

Their presence has been more pronounced since last July when China relaxed its tourism policy and allowed citizens from certain provinces to visit on individual visas instead of having to join a group tour. About 150m people from 32 mainland cities benefit from the scheme.

The influx of the mainlanders by train, ferry and plane has boosted the number of tourists by more than 50 per cent year-on-year in the first eight months of 2004 to 14m. That figure represents about 90 per cent of the total number who visited Hong Kong last year.

But anecdotal evidence suggests that some Chinese tourists are already losing interest.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board, a government-funded promotional body, admits that average spending from mainlanders is dropping.

Shi Xiaojuan, manager of tour operator China Travel International in Beijing, says that though Hong Kong remains one of the most preferred destinations among mainlanders, demand for tours to the territory during the National Day holiday has been lukewarm.

"Hong Kong used to be the number one choice for people here. But now everyone wants to go to Paris," says Ms Shi. Chinese tour groups were granted the right to visit 27 European countries in September.

Wen Ziji, vice-director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Tourism, also has warned that Hong Kong should not only rely on shopping as mainland travellers are becoming more sophisticated.

Selina Chow, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, insists Hong Kong offers a long list of attractions besides shopping, such as plans for a wetland park to tout the territory's natural beauty and a cable car ride to the world's largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue. A Disneyland theme park, which will be open in 2005, is at the top of the list.

"(But) one of the problems with the government is that it somehow feels that it does not have to do anything more because there will be a Disneyland next year," says Ronnie Ho, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council.

Meanwhile, the government is confident that the growth in Chinese tourists will remain strong as China continues to relax its tourism policy gradually.

Only about 12 per cent of mainland Chinese are allowed to travel to Hong Kong on individual visas.

"I can imagine that when the people from inland cities are allowed to come here, they will pack their bags immediately because they have heard so much about the scenery and shopping in Hong Kong," says Eva Cheng, commissioner for tourism.

Among those who have been to Hong Kong already, some leave with disappointment over their shopping experiences.

A recent survey by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University of customers and tourists found that Hong Kong's service quality is "just above average". Complaints from Chinese visitors who tour the territory on deeply discounted travel packages are common.

While service quality is something that can be improved, Hong Kong is also losing its pull as a shopper's paradise on another front because more luxury retailers are expanding into the mainland.

And as Hong Kong ponders ways to defend its status, critics say it also needs to think hard to keep up the number of tourists from other markets, most notably Taiwan and Japan, where growth has been lagging.
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Visitors to Hong Kong Jan-Sept beat full-yr 2003

HONG KONG, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Chinese tourists helped catapult the total number of visitors to Hong Kong to a record in September, bringing the count for the first nine months to exceed the full-year 2003 figure, the tourism board said on Thursday.

About 1.69 million tourists came to the city in September, the highest-ever September number, the Hong Kong Tourism Board said in a statement. The figure represented a growth of 14.2 percent on the year-ago month and 23.2 percent on September 2002.

For the first nine months of this year, 15.76 million visitors arrived, up 52.1 percent on 2003 and 34.2 percent on 2002 year-on-year.

The number already surpassed the 15.54 million recorded for full-year 2003.

The board was upbeat on the outlook for the rest of the year.

"We also have the historically busiest final quarter of the year to come," the board's Executive Director Clara Chong said.

Much of the September growth was due to mainland Chinese visitors, who accounted for 54.1 percent of total visitors in the month.

Average occupancy rate of hotels and tourist guesthouses was 84 percent in September, the highest figure for that month since 1996, and two percentage points higher than in the same months in 2002 and 2003. Average achieved hotel room rate grew 21.6 percent in September from the year-ago month.

For the first nine months of this year, average occupancy stood at 86 percent, up from 63 percent in 2003 and 82 percent in 2002 year-on-year. Average achieved hotel room rate rose 19.2 percent from the same month in 2003.
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Filipino shoppers in Hong Kong to reach 300,000 mark this year

By CORNELIO R. DE GUZMAN
http://www.mb.com.ph/SP_TOUR20041106.html

David Leung, regional director of South and Southeast Asia Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) in a press interview said recently that the number of Filipinos visiting Hong Kong this year might reach the 300,000 mark.

Leung, however, was quick to add that the number does not include overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working in Hong Kong who occasionally go home to the Philippines for their vacation and then go back again to Hong Kong.

He said Filipinos visiting Hong Kong are mostly shoppers who stay in the city for an average of three days and probably spend an average of US$300 to US$500 per visit.

Leung said Hong Kong has been very lucky this year because of the absence of the incidence of SARS and chicken flu. Because of this, he said, Hong Kong is expecting to reach a new landmark for tourism industry this year with a total of 20 million visitor arrivals.

Leung came to Manila to launch the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Hong Kong Movie Odyssey to be premiered exclusively on AXN starting Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

The launching and press conference was held recently at the Vietnamese restaurant of Dusit Hotel Nikko presided over by Leung, who said famous Hong Kong celebrities Stephen Chow, Ekin Cheng, Karen Mok and Stephen Fung, amongst other well-known Hong Kong film industry personalities, will present new insights to their homeland in the Hong Kong Movie Odyssey.

Supported by the HKTB, the Hong Kong Movie Odyssey consists of two halfhour episodes that explore Hong Kong’s role as a driving force behind the Asian film industry, as a suitable location for movie making and an ideal travel destination.

The production will take viewers to famous Hong Kong locations featured in popular movies such as "Infernal Affairs", "One Night in Mongkok", "He’s a Woman, She’s a Man", "Heroic Duo and "Golden Chicken", which includes landmarks such as the Giant Buddha, Victoria Peak, Tsing Ma Bridge and popular districts like Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui.

The production also sees well-known international Hong Kong film stars such as actor/director Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle), actor/director Stephen Fung (GenX Cops), singer/actor Ekin Cheng (The Storm Riders, Young and Dangerous), and singer/actress Karen Mok (So Close) sharing their thoughts and feelings on their favorite aspect of Hong Kong. Other famous film industry personalities who were interviewed also include producers/directors Alfred Cheung (All’s Well, Ends Well), Daniel Lee (Moonlight Express, Black Mask), Peter Chan, (The Eye, Golden Chicken 1 & 2), Benny Chan, (New Police Story), Teddy Chan (The Accidental Spy) and the director of the critically acclaimed blockbuster movie "Infernal Affairs", Andrew Lau.

Selected interviews will also be featured in a series of four 60-second vignettes entitled "Action City, Action Star," which will air on AXN this November.

Earlier, Gregory Ho, vice president of Marketing and Creative Services, AXN Asia said in a press statement the, "The Hong Kong Movie Odyssey and Action City, Action Star will showcase how truly unique Hong Kong is, not just through the eyes of its locals, but through the eyes of the very people who have captured the city’s essence on camera over the years."

"Hong Kong is often called the Hollywood of the east. Apart from its fame of being the destination for excellent cuisine and shopping. Hong Kong is also most well known for its vast contribution to the world of the silver screen. There are memorable scenes that feature essential aspects of Hong Kong; from early movies like ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ to the latest like the ‘New Police Story’, there is always a familiar touch that gives you a sense of deja vu," said Leung.

"See Hong Kong’s glamour, cosmopolitan lifestyle and fusion of cultures on screen through the eyes of celebrities in the Hong Kong Movie Odyssey. We hope to stimulate viewers’ desires, attract more visitors and inspire them to see and discover the movie locations for themselves; eat and drink in the same places as the stars; and enjoy the city’s fashionable, quality shopping."

AXN will broadcast the Hong Kong Movie Odyssey programs and Action City, Action Star vignettes to 50 million homes across Asia, including Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. AXN Asia is available to more than 31 million households 24-hours daily throughout Asia.
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November 10, 2004

Tourism increase a boon for retail trade Brand name vendors
* seeking space in prime locations as the economy picks up and new wave of mainlanders goes shopping

THE INFLUX OF mainland tourists has boosted the retail leasing market, pushing shop rents up sharply.

Many retailers are benefiting from the spending power of mainland visitors following the relaxed procedures allowing easier access to Hong Kong.

With improved retail sales and better confidence in expanding operations, more retail operators have returned to the marketplace to find suitable premises, even though rents are higher.

CB Richard Ellis director of retail services Joe Lin said estimated average shop rents increased by 18.5 per cent in the first nine months.

Selected shops in prime locations achieved rental growth of 90 per cent or 100 per cent as aggressive retailers fought for high-street space, he said.

Mr Lin expected to see further rental increases in the fourth quarter and next year, but the growth rate would be more modest because the rental base was already high in prime locations.

The strengthening economy and consumer confidence had pushed up demand for prime retail premises, especially for space in popular tourist districts such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Causeway Bay.

According to Jones Lang LaSalle, designer labels and jewellery retailers continued to be the major source of demand for retail space in prime shopping areas, benefiting from the strong influx of mainland tourists and improving consumer confidence.

Rents of prime high-street shops grew 9 per cent in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter.

Jones Lang LaSalle expects rents of retail properties in prime shopping areas Causeway Bay, Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui to further increase as retailers compete for prime outlets.

The proposal by the Planning Department for the pedestrianisation of several streets in Causeway Bay triggered an increase in retail property transactions for street shops there, as retailers expected an even higher pedestrian flow.

The positive momentum in the retail market should continue with the return of inflationary pressure in Hong Kong and the continued influx of mainland tourists stemming from the further expansion of the Independent Traveller Scheme to another nine mainland cities and three provinces.

However, Mr Lin said the impact of mainland travellers on Hong Kong's retail sales could be less significant than it was immediately after the travel policy was first relaxed last year.

With landlords raising rents sharply, there are renewed concerns that the less financially strong shop operators will face intense rental pressure when renewing their leases and will have difficulty surviving.

Mr Lin said that instead of being driven out of the market, some retailers were being forced to consider finding shops in second-tier locations.

He said several retailers had difficulty finding suitable shops at lower costs for their business expansion, especially when the supply of new retail properties remained limited.

"Many retailers prefer to stay at existing shops on renewal rather than going to new locations which often charge higher rents," he said.

Retailers of audio-visual products and jewellery were among the most aggressive in opening new outlets in prime areas.

"Leasing activity was particularly notable on Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mongkok, with retailers keen to exploit the crowd of mainland visitors and trendy youngsters who frequent the area," Mr Lin said.

"Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui have also been heavily targeted, particularly among luxury brands keen for expansion in quality locations such as Russell Street and Canton Road."

As rents would not come down in the foreseeable future and aggressive retailers fought to secure shops in strategic spots, other retail operators would have to improve their leasing offers so they did not lag in this booming market, Mr Lin said.

As consumer sentiment improved, the market could absorb higher product prices, which would alleviate retailers' rent burden to a certain extent, Mr Lin said.

In recent years, major landlords have been making efforts to upgrade or reposition their retail properties by incorporating unique themes or improving the tenant mix to draw more shopper interest.

Pioneer Centre in Mongkok was sub-dividing the retail space previously occupied by Ikea into smaller shops that specialised in telecommunications and computer-related trade, Mr Lin said.

Sha Tin Plaza has turned the premises previously used by a Chinese restaurant into smaller units for retail and dining operations. Harbour City, Olympian City, Times Square, Telford Plaza, Pacific Place and Miramar Shopping Centre have repositioned and improved their trade mix.
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Tourism Board sees 21.3 million visitors this year
Grace Lam, Hong Kong Standard
November 11, 2004

A record 21.3 million visitors will flood into Hong Kong this year, beating the official forecast of 20.5 million, the Hong Kong Tourism Board predicted.

That would mark a 37 per cent jump from the 15.54 million arrivals recorded in 2003, a figure that was surpassed in the first nine months of this year.

Hong Kong Tourism Board executive director Clara Chong said on Wednesday that the growth in the number of visitors from outside Asia was especially strong.

"With the added appeal of Hong Kong WinterFest, we're confident that the growth momentum will continue through the last quarter of the year," Chong said.

To attract more overseas travellers, especially family groups, the board will stage its third Hong Kong WinterFest, complete with a Nordic Santa's Town in Statue Square in Central sporting the territory's tallest outdoor Christmas tree.

The board will spend some HK$8 million on the event and hopes it will boost visitor arrivals by 13.4 per cent to 2.49 million during the last five weeks of this year.

"Last year, it attracted almost 2.2 million visitors during the five-week period, up 8 per cent from 2002. It has successfully turned our winter festive season, which normally has fewer business and long-haul visitors, into another peak travel season," Chong said.

With average spending of tourists during their visits estimated at HK$5,500, she said the event would generate as much as HK$13.7 billion for the city.

The WinterFest will run from November 26 to January 2

A 35-metre, 12-storey-tall Christmas tree, bedecked with over 270,000 amber and white pin lights, 2,300 pine cones and 5,280 metres of gold ribbon, will be erected in Central.

There will also be a "Mistletoe Boulevard", running from the Star Ferry Pier through the covered walkway and pedestrian tunnel to Statue Square.
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November 10, 2004
WinterFest to attract 2.5m visitors

This year's WinterFest is expected to boost visitor arrivals by 13.4% to 2.49 million during its programme from November 26 to January 2.

Staged for its third consecutive year, the Tourism Board says the event will help bring total yearly arrivals to a historic high of 21.3 million.

The board's Executive Director Clara Chong said arrivals for the first nine months of this year have already surpassed those of all of last year.

"With the added appeal of WinterFest, we are confident the growth momentum will continue through the last quarter of the year and we have therefore revised our forecast for 2004 from 20.5 million to 21.3 million," she said.

"The programme has enjoyed phenomenal success in the past two years. Last year it attracted almost 2.2 million visitors, 8% more than in 2002. It has set new monthly records for December, and successfully turned our winter festive season into another peak travel season."

'Love & Care'

To promote Hong Kong's multi-dimensional attractions to more visitor segments, notably couples, families and lovers of shopping and dining, the board will introduce even more enticing elements around the theme of 'Love & Care' this year.

"Leveraging on the Christmas spirit of love and care, we will add more family-friendly elements, which will help us reinforce Hong Kong's reputation as a family destination and pave way for the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland," Ms Chong said.

This year, the board will transform Statue Square into Nordic Santa's Town. There will be Hong Kong's highest outdoor Dazzling Christmas Tree and a romantic Mistletoe Boulevard in the vicinity.

Activities staged by other organisations during WinterFest include the 29th Products Expo in Victoria Park, Horses Across Hong Kong, the International Races on December12, Christmas Sensation at Ocean Park and the New Year Countdown Carnival.

November 26 to 28 will see special pyrotechnics added to the Symphony of Lights shows to launch WinterFest.

Great deals

Over 2,900 merchants and restaurants have agreed to offer visitors discounts and special privileges. Details are included in the WinterFest Activities Guide and the WinterFest Passport to Amazing Offers, which will be distributed at the Visitor Information & Services Centres and various entry points.

Award-winning restaurants of the Best of the Best Culinary Awards and those in renowned food districts will design special visitor menus.

Ms Chong encouraged more merchants to take part in WinterFest and provide visitors with an unforgettable culinary and shopping experience.
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