Back in 2019, Hong Kong hosted 55.9 million visitors from all over the world (Hong Kong Tourism Board, 2020). As Covid-19 spread across the world, street footfall slumped and forcibly changed people’s habit completely. In 2021, overall visitor arrivals to Hong Kong dropped by 97% (Hong Kong Yearbook, 2021).
Just as the situation began to recover in Q4 2021, arrival of the 5th wave in Q1 2022 caused a 25% decline on Cityscape’s OOH impressions* trend during February to March in comparison to 2022 weekly average (JCDecaux Hourly Impressions Measurement data solution).
Nonetheless, as always, people adapt and overcome tough times – New Normal, an era of recovery and transformation. Followed by a steady decrease in confirmed cases and distribution of consumption vouchers in Q2 2022, an upward trend line is reflected on impression data, in which most were contributed by inventory located in retail area. Indicating that people were starting to be back on the streets, in masks. Fast forward to year end of 2022, Q4 average weekly impressions exceeded 2022 weekly average by 32%.
Soon after, the authority lifted all Covid-19 related policies in 2023, presenting the globe a new Hong Kong with the campaign “Hello, Hong Kong”; Business hour prolongs and large outdoor entertainment events bloom. The continual growth of weekly impressions soars to an average of 57% in Q2. In April 2023, near 2.9 million visitors arrived Hong Kong (Hong Kong Tourism Board, Tourism Statistics 2023), industries affected by the pandemic have gained its feet back up on business. During May 1st Golden Week, a record high of 63% increment is noticed. In times of uncertainty, our impressions data kept up with traffic footfall captured by JCDecaux’s inventory . As the economy staged a visible recovery, will the growth of weekly impressions remain steady in the coming quartile? Stay tuned.
*The JCDecaux Hourly Impression Measurement platform constantly measures the traffic around its selected assets at hourly intervals. This data is then used to determine how many opportunities to see an advertisement by each frame at each hour of the day.
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