Hong Kong tourism shows positive signs of revival

 Tuesday, February 14, 2023 


The tourism segment of Hong Kong has shown visible signs of renewal ever since the boundaries with mainland China reopened fully a week before.

One can witness increased bookings for hotel rooms and attractions and amplified visitor numbers in shops.

However, Hong Kong’s cuisine segment reported only slight development, mostly in areas that are well-liked by tourists, since the reappearance of mainland visitors was outshined by Hongkongers embarking on trips.

Hong Kong witnessed a gradual upsurge in mainland visitors coming through all checkpoints ever since February 6.

That is when polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests prior to leaving and a regular cap on arrivals were dropped.

The number of foreign and mainland tourists nearly doubled from 33,187 last Monday to 65,804 on Saturday, with 196,792 inhabitants leaving the city.

Since February 2, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has given no less than a million payment vouchers valued at HK$100 (US$13) each under the “Hong Kong Goodies” drive to woo visitors once again.

Hotels witnessed a growth in business over Lunar New Year.

However, general occupancy has gone down, with no clear signs of prolonged revival, said, the association manager at the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners, Winnie Chan Wun-yin.

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