International dragon-boat festival returning to HK

News comes as visitor arrivals pass one million for first time since pandemic declared

ANOTHER of Hong Kong’s major festivals is returning in June after a four-year absence. The news comes with the Rugby Sevens due to take place at end of month and monthly visitor arrivals passing the million mark for first time since Covid outbreak in 2020.

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association is co-organising the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, June 24- 25.

The action takes place in Victoria Harbour between the skylines of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon peninsula with local, mainland China and Taiwan teams invited along with overseas competitors.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the fit time to the winning teams in the four major races.

The announcement comes as monthly visitor arrivals to Hong Kong exceeded one million for the first time in three years. HKTB figures show a provisional visitor arrival of 1.462 million in February, a triple of that in January.

It is the highest number of arrivals since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in February 2020 and is equivalent to 30 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. Among the arrivals, mainland visitors showed a significant increase with other short-haul visitors mainly from Southeast Asia.

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