China’s economic growth may be easing this year compared with 2011, but visits by mainlanders to Hong Kong are booming.

The number of tourist arrivals in Hong Kong by mainland Chinese in November increased by 29.7% from a year earlier to 3.04 million, according to figures from the Hong Kong Tourism Board out over the weekend.

Travel to Hong Kong by mainlanders is fueling a surge in profits in Hong Kong’s hotel industry, where the average occupancy rate in October was 88%.

Photo Credit: A view of Hong Kong harbor and Kowloon from the Island Shangri-La. Herry Lawford / Flickr.com