Tourism remains one of Hong Kong's major economic pillars. The industry
continued growing steadily in 2006, with the number of arrivals topping 25.25
million, an increase of 8.1 per cent year-on-year. Visitors from Europe, and South and
Southeast Asia chalked up a double-digit growth in 2006. Arrivals from Mainland
China totalled 13.59 million, representing an increase of 8.4 per cent year-on-year.
The average hotel occupancy rate was 87 per cent in 2006, up slightly from
86 per cent in 2005. The number of room-nights also rose following an increased
supply of some 3 300 rooms, or a rise of 7.4 per cent during the year.
Several major tourist attractions came on stream in late 2005 and 2006. They
included the iconic theme park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Phase II of the Guinness
World Records winning nightly light and sound show, called 'A Symphony of Lights',
the Hong Kong Wetland Park, and a cable car ride linked to a cultural and religious
themed village, called Ngong Ping 360. Taking advantage of these crowd-pullers, the
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) launched a two-year publicity campaign '2006
Discover Hong Kong Year' in 2005 and 2006 to promote Hong Kong around the
world as a 'must-visit' destination.