Affluent mainland tourists skipping Hong Kong
Hong Kong is losing its luster for the increasingly affluent, sophisticated mainland tourists in the coming National Day holiday.
“The passion of mainland travelers (for Hong Kong) has dampened dramatically this year,” said Sarah Leung, director of the Hong Kong Tourism Industry Employees General Union. She said the number of tour groups from the mainland during Golden Week will drop an estimated 10 percent compared with the same period last year. The situation regarding hotel bookings is grim, with the number of reservations slumping notably, Leung added.
For years, Hong Kong was the first choice for outbound Chinese mainland tourists. Now it’s losing visitors to competitors such as Macao, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Europe.