Af­flu­ent main­land tourists skip­ping Hong Kong

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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