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Visitor arrivals to HK climb after 13 mths

By Xinhua

Visitor arrivals to HK climb after 13 mths
Tourists take pictures at the Peak in front of the city skyline and Victoria harbour in Hong Kong on Dec 26, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY)

HONG KONG - The number of visitors to Hong Kong climbed for the first time in 13 months, rising 2.6 percent in July, thanks to the return of Chinese mainland visitors, the Hong Kong Tourism Board said on Wednesday.

In July, mainland visitor arrivals recorded a 2.2 percent year-on-year increase. However, the number of mainland visitor from January to July fell 8.9 percent to 24 million, and the total number of visitors fell 6 percent to 32.2 million, comparing the same period last year.

Overnight visitor per capita spending in the first half of 2016 was HK$6,492 (about US$837), down 14.6 percent from last year. Per capita spending of mainland visitors was HK$7,105, down 15.8 percent.

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