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DC election poll cards mailed

The Registration & Electoral Office today said it has mailed poll cards for the District Council Ordinary Election to about 4.33 million registered electors to inform them of where they should cast their votes on December 10.   Electors who have not received their poll cards may log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System to check whether they are registered electors and their designated polling stations, the office said.   District Council geographical constituency (DCGC) electors will be allocated to ordinary polling stations in the vicinity of their registered addresses. Polling hours will be from 8.30am to 10.30pm.   District Committees constituency (DCC) electors will be assigned to the polling stations of the DCCs to which they belong. The polling hours will be from 8.30am to 2.30pm. They will also receive a reminder on the poll card envelope that the DCC and DCGC vote will take place at two different polling stations with different polling hours.  

1.1m Mainland visitors recorded

The Immigration Department recorded a total of around 1.1 million Mainland visitors coming to Hong Kong through sea, land and air control points during the eight-day National Day Golden Week.


The Government today said the number matched the estimate made before the holidays of around one million visitors, adding that different arrangements for receiving travellers were rolled out smoothly.


From September 29 to yesterday, the daily average was around 140,000 inbound Mainland visitors, 10% higher than the Labour Day Holiday Golden Week.


Compared with pre-pandemic levels, it reached about 85% and 70% of the National Day Golden Weeks from 2017 to 2019 and 2017 to 2018 respectively.


The Government said the arrival of Mainland inbound visitors peaked on National Day at around 180,000.


The Express Rail Link West Kowloon received the highest daily average number of inbound Mainland visitors, followed by the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line.


As for large-scale events, the Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals held at Victoria Park attracted around 200,000 visitors; the Tai Hang fire dragon dance parade around 48,000 participants; and about 430,000 spectators enjoyed the National Day Fireworks Display. 


The Government pointed out that major tourist attractions recorded high volumes of visitor flow, with those to individual tourist attractions approaching or exceeding pre-pandemic levels.


Statistics from the Hong Kong Tourism Board showed that the overall hotel occupancy rate reached 90%.


Among the Mainland visitors who visited Hong Kong, 45% were overnight visitors, similar to the proportion of the National Day Golden Weeks from 2017 to 2018.


Visitor satisfaction rates regarding catering, shopping and sightseeing reached 90% or above.


In addition, as expected by the Government and the trade, the National Day Golden Week was not the peak season for tour groups.


According to the Travel Industry Authority's registration information, around 780 Mainland inbound tour groups came to Hong Kong during the National Day Golden Week, involving around 26,800 visitors, accounting for about 2% of the overall number.


Tour groups were generally in good order, and so far the authority has not received complaints on coerced shopping.


Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung thanked different government departments, various tourism-related organisations and the trade for their unreserved effort in bringing a fabulous travel experience to visitors.


He said the Government will review various operations in order to prepare for future co-ordination work and enhance visitors' experience.

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