Tourist arrivals totaled 2,427,086 in September, a slight increase of 0.5 per cent sterdayar-on-year.
According to information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), overnight visitors rose by 11.8 per cent year-
on-year to 1,311,533, accounting for 54 per cent of the total.
Same-day visitors dropped by 10.2 per cent to 1,115,553. The average length of stay of visitors increased by 0.1 day year-on-year to 1.3 days. The average stay of overnight visitors and same-day visitors was 2.2 days and 0.2 days, respectively.
The number of visitors from mainland China rose modestly by 0.3 per cent year-on-year to 1,577,481 in September, of which those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme increased by 4.7 per cent to 688,600.
Mainland visitors came mainly from Guangdong Province (668,142), Hunan Province (71,912) and Fujian Province (63,347). Visitors from South Korea (55,075) and Taiwan (91,536) increased by 52 per cent and 8.4 per cent, respectively. Those from Hong Kong (526,671) decreased by 3.2 per cent.
Long-haul visitors from the United States (14,816) and Canada (5,268) increased year-on-year, while those from Australia (7,968) and the United Kingdom (4,785) decreased.
In the first three quarters of 2016, visitor arrivals totaled 22,868,794, up by 0.1 per cent year-on-year; overnight visitors rose by 8.5 per cent to 11,407,491 while same-day visitors dropped by 7.2 per cent to 11,461,303.
The average length of visitors’ stays increased by 0.2 days year-on-year to 1.2 days. The average length of overnight visitors’ stay rose by 0.2 days to 2.2 days, while that of same-day visitors remained stable at 0.2 day.
The number of visitors from mainland China (15,137,496) and Hong Kong (4,795,478) decreased by 0.5 per cent and 2.6 per cent, respectively; while those from South Korea (477,454) and Taiwan (809,278) increased by 16.3 per cent and 10.1 per cent year-on-year.
Long-haul visitors from the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom registered year-on-year growth.