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  Hong Kong saw a 20.5% year-on-year rise in visitors in August, reaching 4.89 million, the Tourism Board says.
About 3.72 million came from the Mainland, up 27.9%. Of these, 67.1% or 2.5 million travelled under the Individual Visit Scheme, up 28% on August last year.
Short-haul arrivals recorded a 4.2% year-on-year increase. Those from the North Asia, South & Southeast Asia, and Taiwan markets grew 7.9%, 3.1% and 0.1%.
Long-haul arrivals fell 3.8%. Those from the Europe, Africa & the Middle East markets decreased 4.5%, while those from the Americas and the Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific markets fell 3.7% and 1.7%.
For the first eight months of the year, total arrivals stood at 31.59 million, up 16% on the same period last year.