More than 10 million tourists visit Hong Kong via cross-border rail link, bridge

2019-01-18 08:51:02
Summary:Buses head toward the entrance/exit to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on January 6.More than 10 million tourist...

Buses head toward the entrance/exit to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on January 6.

More than 10 million tourists have visited Hong Kong via the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge since the operation of the two cross-border infrastructures, according to Hong Kong Monthly Digest statistics published on Tuesday.

The data published by the Census Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) showed that around 5.27 million visitors used the West Kowloon Station to travel to and from Hong Kong, with visitor arrivals reaching 1.81 million in December 2018.

As for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, more than 4.81 million visitors made trips to Hong Kong via the bridge, with 2.21 million in December 2018.

From January to November 2018, visitor arrivals from the mainland witnessed a 14.2 percent increase to reach 46 million compared to the same period in 2017. In 2018, visitors from the mainland spent HK$21,000 ($2,675) per visit, 3 percent higher than 2017, said Nielsen Hong Kong, a global market research and studies company.

Michael Lee, managing director of Nielsen Hong Kong, predicted that retailing and other tourism-related industries might flourish due to the growing tourists from the mainland fueled by the cross-border rail link and the bridge.

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