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Hong Kong a Top 20 Global Origin for Asia Pacific Destinations: Mastercard

July 21, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Top destination cities for Hongkongers are Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, and Hong Kong ranks 17th globally when it comes to origin countries or regions for Asia Pacific destinations, according to the Mastercard Asia Pacific Destinations Index.

In 2016, 4.9 million tourists from Hong Kong are projected to travel to destinations across Asia Pacific, making up 1.5 percent of total international overnight arrivals in the region. In addition, they are expected to spend US$4.5 billion this year, making up 1.8 percent of total tourist expenditure in Asia Pacific. It is also expected that most of the Hong Kong tourists to Asia Pacific destinations will be traveling to Taiwan (25.1 percent) this year, with Japan (23.9 percent) and Thailand (15.8 percent) being the second and third most popular destinations in Asia Pacific among Hongkongers.

In terms of international overnight arrivals to Asia Pacific destinations, the top five origin countries or regions are China (50.4 million tourists to Asia Pacific destinations; 15.7 percent of total international overnight arrivals), South Korea (32.5 million; 10.1 percent), Taiwan (22.5 million; 7.0 percent), the United States (20.6 million, 6.4 percent) and Japan (18.0 million; 5.6 percent). In 2016, the four Northeast Asian markets are expected to contribute 38.4 percent of total international overnight arrivals in the region.

China continues to dominate the travel chart, making up the biggest share of tourists to Asia Pacific since 2012. The dramatic expansion of outbound China tourism to Asia Pacific destinations can be seen in its rapid growth. China propelled itself from the sixth biggest contributor of tourists to Asia Pacific in 2009 (5.8 percent of total Asia Pacific international overnight arrivals) to reach the top spot in 2012 with a 9.8 percent share. It has retained the top position ever since with a 15.7 percent share this year.

“In recent years, Asia Pacific cities have become increasingly popular among globetrotters around the world and it is encouraging that Hong Kong stands out as one of the top 20 origins worldwide for Asia Pacific destinations. With positive growth in the Asia Pacific tourism industry, we are optimistic about further expansion in outbound travel by Hong Kong tourists in the foreseeable future,” said Hiang Choong, division president, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan, Mastercard.

Top 20 Origin Countries/Regions for Asia Pacific Destinations by International Overnight Arrivals in 2016

Rank Origin Country/Region International Overnight Arrivals (millions) Share of Total International Overnight Arrivals in Asia Pacific (%)
1 China 50.4 15.7
2 South Korea 32.5 10.1
3 Taiwan 22.5 7.0
4 United States 20.6 6.4
5 Japan 18.0 5.6
6 Singapore 14.3 4.5
7 Malaysia 13.5 4.2
8 Australia 13.3 4.2
9 United Kingdom 12.3 3.8
10 Thailand 10.2 3.2
11 Indonesia 9.2 2.9
12 Germany 8.7 2.7
13 France 7.1 2.2
14 Russia 5.8 1.8
15 India 5.6 1.7
16 Canada 5.2 1.6
17 Hong Kong 4.9 1.5
18 Vietnam 4.7 1.5
19 Philippines 4.5 1.4
20 New Zealand 2.7 0.8

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