Posted June 30, 2018 07:03:59 Hong Kong has long enjoyed the cachet of its tourist attractions.
Now that the territory is facing a wave of economic turmoil, its tourist-heavy business has taken a hit.
But the territory has also been the scene of some of the world’s biggest earthquakes and the city has seen an uptick in tourist visits.
The World Health Organization is warning of a rise in the number of cases of coronavirus and a sharp increase in the death toll from the virus.
Hong Kong is known as the home of some 300 million tourists annually.
But now, in a new survey, researchers say the number is climbing again.
The survey by researchers from the University of Nottingham and the University on Globalization, which looked at data from more than 1,000 countries, found that in 2016, Hong Kongs tourism was up 7.5 percent from the previous year.
Hongkongers have also been visiting the United States at a higher rate than ever before, the survey found.
The number of U.S. visitors to Hong Kong was up 15 percent from 2015, and the number visiting China at a similar rate was up 8 percent, the study found.
It found that visitors from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Israel, Turkey, Israel and Brazil also visited Hong Kong at higher rates.
The study also found that tourism from Hong Kong’s other Asian neighbors had seen a sharp jump in the past three years.
The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia were the top three destinations for Hong Kong visitors, the report said.
HongKongers are coming to the city for a variety of reasons, from the opportunity to visit iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City, the city’s famous Forbidden City Market and the Statue of Liberty, to sights that appeal to tourists of all ages.
But some of those reasons have been overshadowed by economic troubles in the city.
“We’re seeing more and more of our friends from the U.K. coming here as well,” said Chris Kao, a Hong Kong resident who came to the U., along with his wife, for the first time in July.
“It’s an interesting trend and we’re seeing it reflected in the data,” said David Chen, chief economist at consultancy McKinsey & Company, who also was not involved in the survey.
“The Chinese government is trying to manage the situation a bit better.”
It was the first year that the survey asked the question, and researchers say it provides an insight into the number and type of people visiting Hong Kong.
Hong-Kong is not the only Asian tourist destination to see an uptick.
In November, Thailand recorded its first case of the coronaviruses H5N1, a virus that is now circulating in other parts of Southeast Asia.
A study last month from the Global Footprint Network showed that more than 200,000 visitors visited Cambodia in 2016.
But Hong Kong had the highest number of visitors to Cambodia and Indonesia in 2016 and is the largest country in Southeast Asia with an estimated 200 million visitors a year.
There were only 6,200 visits from the Philippines in 2016 compared to 6,000 from Thailand, and only 12,000 visits from South Korea, the Global footprint Network said.