Published on : Monday, October 30, 2017
After hitting the “bottom of the trough” as the Honk Kong minister explained, its tourism industry has finally started picking up and the government was interested to lure more visitors to rural and cultural attractions of Hong Kong, rather than visiting just the shopping malls.
Edward Yau Tang-wah, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development explained that the targets were high-yielding and young travel enthusiasts looking for a “distinctive” experience.
“I think we can be sure that we have come out of the bottom of the trough that we have seen in the last couple of years, which was a result of multiple factors – some global and regional economic situations, some local situations, like how we treated our tourists,” Yau explained in an interview with the Post.
The “local situations” mentioned to earlier protests against mainland tourists who gathered at Sheung Shui and other districts, creating problem to the locals.
Over 1.9 percent annual growth had supported Yau’s optimism in terms of global tourist arrivals to 38 million in the initial eight months of 2017. That figure had declined 4.5 percent to 56.6 million last year from 2015. The drop in mainland tourist arrivals went down at 6.7 per cent.
“The more we can have a diverse mix of tourists, the better it will suit Hong Kong’s case because Hong Kong is such a tiny place. We don’t want every tourist to come to the same spot doing exactly the same thing,” Yau said.
“Long gone are the days we can say Hong Kong [is] a shopping paradise and therefore we are guiding all the tourists to our shopping malls.”
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