Hong Kong witnessed an 8.7 percent year-on-year rise in overnight visitor arrivals for the first half of 2013, according to new research. Mainland China deliver strongest growth. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) reported 12 million overnight visitors for the first half (H1) of 2013, representing 47.1 percent of total visitor arrivals between January and June 2013. Hong Kong received a total of 25.36 million visitor arrivals during H1 2013, up 13.6 percent from the same period in 2012. Overnight arrivals from both Taiwan (4.1 percent) and Thailand (15 percent) recorded growth. Visitors from Mainland China made up the majority (65 percent) of H1 2013 overnight visitors, an increase of 16.2 percent on the same period last year. However, short-haul arrivals to Hong Kong decreased 4.2 percent year-on-year in H1, with Japan registering the greatest drop – a 29.1 percent fall – in overnight arrivals. Long-haul markets also witnessed a decrease in overnight arrivals, down 4.1 percent year-on-year. Source = ETB News: P.T.