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Hong Kong passenger numbers rocket

UK passenger numbers in Hong Kong are surging, surpassing the 600,000 mark for the first time last year.

UK passenger numbers in Hong Kong are surging, surpassing the 600,000 mark for the first time last year, according to reports.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has claimed that the increase in 2007 was more than 16 per cent over the figure from 2006. Flights to the country from the UK have increased dramatically, while the HKTB admits it is hoping to build on the number this year and is already preparing its trade activity.

Meanwhile overall passenger numbers in Hong Kong have also risen, hitting a record 28.1 million last year, up some 11.6 per cent on 2006.

According to TravelMole.com, HKTB executive director Anthony Lau said: "2007 was an exceptional year for the UK market to Hong Kong, and we are confident of building on this success in the coming 12 months. Hong Kong’s role as host city for the Olympic Equestrian events will ensure a high profile, and with consumer focus on China Hong Kong is well placed to achieve even more touring business."

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