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August 22, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

According to the latest® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI), Hong Kong travellers’ top 3 favourite overseas destinations in the first half of 2014 are within the Asia-Pacific regions, which are namely Taipei, Seoul and Osaka.

Compared with the previous year, Taipei’s ranking as the favourite destination abroad is rock solid. Taiwan, for the first time, has three cities on the top 20 list.  Apart from Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung entered as the 13th and 14th favourite destinations respectively, possibly indicating that Hong Kong people’s passion or interest to explore the diversity of landscape, entertainment, food, cultures and history of Taiwan has increased over the year.

As an increasingly popular and trend-setting country, the ranking of South Korea went from top 5 to top 3. Seoul, which stands at the 2nd position in 2014, is definitely becoming an ideal shopping destination for Hong Kong travellers. Besides, Japan is also undoubtedly one of Hong Kong travellers’ favourite countries for food, shopping and relaxation. Osaka has surpassed Tokyo as the 3rd most favourite destination. Naha, the capital city of Okinawa, has also become the new getaway destination in Japan.

Some cities, however, have lost a bit of their charm, such as Bangkok. Affected by the political instability, the ranking of the Thai city has dropped from the 3rd to the 6th during the first 6 months of this year.

Figure 1: Top overseas destinations for travellers from Hong Kong in Jan–Jun 2014 and Jan–Jun 2013

Jan–Jun 2014       Jan–Jun 2013    
Rank City Country   Rank City Country
1 Taipei Taiwan   1 Taipei Taiwan
2 Seoul South Korea   2 Tokyo Japan
3 Osaka Japan   3 Bangkok Thailand
4 Singapore Singapore   4 Osaka Japan
5 Tokyo Japan   5 Seoul South Korea
6 Bangkok Thailand   6 Singapore Singapore
7 London United Kingdom   7 London United Kingdom
8 Macau Macau   8 Macau Macau
9 Paris France   9 Paris France
10 Shanghai China   10 Shanghai China
11 Naha Japan   11 Naha Japan
12 Kyoto Japan   12 Kyoto Japan
13 Taichung Taiwan   13 New York United States


14 Kaohsiung Taiwan   14 Guangzhou China
15 Shenzhen China   15 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
16 Guangzhou China   16 Beijing China
17 Beijing China   17 Pattaya Thailand
18 New York United States   18 Las Vegas United States
19 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia   19 Shenzhen China
20 Sydney Australia   20 Sydney Australia

Hotel Price Index™® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI) is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on sites and prices shown are those actually paid by customers per room per night, rather than advertised rates.

Now in its tenth year, the HPI is respected as the definitive report on hotel prices paid around the world and is increasingly used as a reference tool by the media, hoteliers, financial analysts, investors, tourism bodies and academics.

The HPI was started in 2004 at 100 and includes all bookings across all star ratings from 1-star to 5-star.

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