Hong Kong’s visitor arrivals in January more than halved from a year ago as cross-border transport services were reduced significantly due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board said on that visitor arrivals stood at about 3.2 million last month, representing a daily average of 100,000, down by over 50 percent year on year.
The coronavirus outbreak put an end to a mild recovery in visitors during the pre-Lunar New Year rush as some airlines suspended flights and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government restricted the flow of travelers between Hong Kong and the mainland.
Daily average arrivals once rose to 130,000 in mid-January but then plunged to 65,000. The tourism board said the daily figure has dropped to below 3,000 so far in February, a major blow to consumption-related sectors catering to tourism in Hong Kong and compounding the hardships of small retailers and restaurants.