Hong Kong Tourism Board said total visitor numbers this year could reach 54 million, up 11 per cent from last year…average spending per visitor is about HK$8,000.
The surge in mainland [China] visitors continues, with an 18 percent increase to 33.5 million in the first 10 months of the year. There was a 20.6 per cent rise in mainlanders coming for day trips to 19.3 million, while another 14.2 million stayed overnight.
This year’s growth shattered earlier pessimism that a new law, passed in October, halting forced shopping trips for mainland visitors could take a toll on Hong Kong. The law bans unreasonably cheap tours where prices cannot cover costs such as airline tickets and accommodation.