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Tourism in Hong Kong

Tourism in Hong Kong

Hong Kong recorded a total of 4 million tourists in 2020, ranking 49th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Hong Kong, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.48 tourists per resident, Hong Kong ranked 67th in the world. In East Asia, it ranked 2nd.

Hong Kong generated around 32.70 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 9.4 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 22 percent of all international tourism receipts in East Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 494 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Hong Kong spend only around 243 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Hong Kong

Development of the tourism sector in Hong Kong from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Hong Kong each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 6 countries in East Asia.

Tourists per year in Hong Kong

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 9.60 billion USD, or about 6.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 10.20 million tourists at that time and roughly 942 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 32.70 billion USD, accounting for 9.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 585 USD for his holiday in Hong Kong.

Tourism receipts in Hong Kong per year

All data for Hong Kong in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20203.57 m
201955.91 m32.70 bn $9.0 %585 $
201865.15 m42.31 bn $11.70 %649 $
201758.47 m38.17 bn $11.19 %653 $
201656.66 m37.84 bn $11.79 %668 $
201559.31 m42.49 bn $13.73 %716 $
201460.84 m46.35 bn $15.90 %762 $
201354.30 m42.43 bn $15.39 %781 $
201248.62 m37.10 bn $14.13 %763 $
201141.92 m33.17 bn $13.35 %791 $
201036.03 m27.21 bn $11.90 %755 $
200929.59 m20.29 bn $9.5 %686 $
200829.51 m20.24 bn $9.2 %686 $
200728.17 m18.24 bn $8.6 %647 $
200625.25 m15.54 bn $8.0 %615 $
200523.36 m13.59 bn $7.5 %582 $
200421.81 m11.87 bn $7.0 %544 $
200315.54 m9.00 bn $5.6 %580 $
200216.57 m9.85 bn $5.9 %595 $
200113.73 m7.92 bn $4.7 %577 $
200013.06 m8.20 bn $4.8 %628 $
199911.33 m7.34 bn $4.4 %648 $
199810.16 m7.34 bn $4.3 %722 $
199711.27 m9.98 bn $5.6 %885 $
199612.97 m11.99 bn $7.5 %924 $
199510.20 m9.60 bn $6.6 %942 $


Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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