ong Kong tourism numbers climb 15.5 per cent in year's first half
epa03329490 (FILE) A file photo dated 28 February 2007 showing the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner sailing through Victoria Harbour as it leaves Hong Kong. Travellers from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines helped increase the number of people visiting Hong Kong by 15.5 per cent in the first six months of this year, the Tourism Board said 31 July 2012. The year-on-year increase brought the total arrivals to 22.3 million. The number of travellers from mainland China climbed 22.7 per cent to 15.58 million, partly buoyed by an appreciating yuan, which made it cheaper to visit Hong Kong, the board said. The number of people visiting from the Philippines climbed 16.9 per cent to 375,117 while the number of visitors from Japan rose 8.3 per cent to 598,948 people. EPA/PAUL HILTON
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