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Bangalore, Dec. 5

HONG KONG'S popularity has been growing steadily in India, with an 11.4 per cent growth in the number of Indian visitors to the island during January-October 2005 compared to the year-ago period. Visitor arrivals from India also registered a double-digit growth of 13.9 per cent in October, bringing the cumulative arrivals to 2,29,487 during the first 10 months of 2005.

According to a Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) release, the island had arrivals of 2.14 million from different parts of the world in October, recording a 6.14 growth over the October 2004 figure.

This raised the cumulative arrivals for January-October to 19.09 million, a year-on-year increase of 7.5 per cent.

"Although the outlook for tourism continues to be positive, we're closely monitoring a number of factors such as the avian flu and the rising fuel costs that might affect our projections.

Our overseas offices are constantly tracking the sentiments of consumers and trade, and keeping us appraised of any changes in the situation," said the HKTB Executive Director, Ms Clara Chong.

She said the HKTB would continue the promotion of Hong Kong throughout December and the New Year with the launch of the 2005 Hong Kong WinterFest. The event will also serve as a prelude to the launch of the 2006

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 6, 2005)
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