The number of mainland tourists visiting Hong Kong in July increased for the first time since last May, according to statistics released by the Hong Kong Tourism Board on Wednesday.

July saw a total of 3.9 million mainland visitors, a 2.2 per cent increase from last July. The number of mainland tourists had been falling since May 2015, when compared to the same month of the previous year.

Tourists posing at the Avenue of Stars.

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Overall, the total number of mainland tourists for the first seven months fell from last year, marking a 8.8 per cent decrease as 24.3 million individuals visited Hong Kong between January and July this year.

Hong Kong saw a total of 1,1 million non-mainland tourists in July, a 3.7 per cent increase from July of last year. There was a 32.4 per cent increase in South Korean tourists from last July. The number of tourists from Philippines also increased 19.8 per cent.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.