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Package tour visitors increase by 24.8pct in August

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Package tour visitor arrivals increased by 24.8% year-on-year to 913,613 in August 2012, according to information released yesterday by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Visitors from mainland China (674,949) went up by 28.3%, with 280,952 coming from Guangdong Province; together with those from Taiwan, China (77,749); Hong Kong (36,183); the Republic of Korea (33,169) and Japan (27,518) increasing by 41.2%, 4.0%, 8.6% and 36.4% respectively. In the first eight months of 2012, package tour visitors (5,821,972) increased by 24.8% year-on-year to account for 31.1% of total visitor arrivals.
DSEC further reports that residents in outbound package tours surged by 55.8% year-on-year to 41,344 in August 2012. The most popular tour itineraries were mainland China (72.6% of total) and the Republic of Korea (7.2%), with 19,807 travelling to Guangdong Province. In the first eight months of 2012, the number of residents travelling in package tours totaled 267,780, up by 56.3% year-on-year. Meanwhile, residents travelling outbound under their own arrangements using travel agencies increased by 18.1% year-on-year to 79,971 in August 2012; the main destinations were mainland China (47.4% of total); Hong Kong (22.5%); and Taiwan (15.5%). In the first eight months of 2012, residents travelling under such arrangements increased by 36.1% year-on-year to 559,204.

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