Hong Kong in tourism rut, as mainlanders look elsewhere (dpa German Press Agency)
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Hong Kong (dpa) – Hong Kong saw an 8.4-per-cent drop in visitors in
July from a year earlier, with other destinations in the region
becoming more accessible to travellers from the mainland.
“The weakened Japanese yen has attracted a lot of Chinese tourists,”
Gregory So, secretary of commerce and economic development, was
quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post Friday.
Visitors from mainland China make up 77.7 per cent of total tourism
in Hong Kong according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have also relaxed visa requirements for
Chinese citizens, make them “much easier to go to,” Joseph Tung
Yao-chung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, was
quoted as saying.
Singapore has also been affected, with visitor numbers down
year-on-year by 4.1 per cent in the first half.
Despite July’s drop, Hong Kong still recorded an overall 2.8 per cent
increase for the first half of the year, compared with the same
period a year earlier, So said.
In April China curbed multiple-entry permits issued to residents of
the neighbouring city of Shenzhen, allowing only one visit per week
to Hong Kong.
Pressure had grown over parallel traders, who buy in Hong Kong to
sell back on the mainland, exploiting the exchange rate.