Visitors’ arrivals totalled 2,477,591 in May, up slightly by 0.3 per cent month-to-month and yet down by 2.8 per cent year-on-year, according to the information released by the Statistics and Census Service on Thursday.
Same-day visitors dropped by 8.3 per cent year-on-year to 1,272,242, while overnight visitors rose by 3.8 per cent to 1,205,349. Visitors from mainland China decreased by 3.5 per cent year-on-year to 1,631,164 in May, led by those coming from Guangdong Province (727,443), Hunan Province (70,514) and Fujian Province (64,950). Visitors from South Korea (48,109) and Hong Kong (500,973) decreased by 8 per cent and 4.1 per cent respectively year-on-year, while those from Taiwan (81,404) increased by 6.5 per cent. In the first five months of 2016, visitor arrivals totalled 12,405,950, down marginally by 0.8 per cent compared with the same period in the previous year. Visitors from mainland China (8,224,795) and Hong Kong (2,546,624) decreased by 1.5 per cent and 3.2 per cent. Meanwhile those from South Korea (265,691) and Taiwan (424,419) increased by 1.3 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively.