HK to see re­bound in vis­its from main­land

Global Times - - Biz Update -

Hong Kong is ex­pected to see a mas­sive re­bound in the num­ber of tour groups from the Chi­nese main­land dur­ing the eight-day Golden Week hol­i­days start­ing this week­end, pro­vid­ing a wel­come boost for the city’s re­tail­ers.

The Hong Kong In­bound Tour Oper­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents 132 tour oper­a­tors in the city, es­ti­mated that the num­ber of tour groups visit­ing each day will jump as much as 40 per­cent from a year ear­lier, with most from the main­land.

“The growth is set to be sig­nif­i­cant as we pick up and re­bound from the bot­tom,” Chair­man Ricky Tse said.

Tse said the volatile sit­u­a­tion in North Korea had prompted con­cern about travel to coun­tries nearby, while less neg­a­tive news in of­fi­cial main­land me­dia about the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong, where protests in 2014 par­a­lyzed parts of the city, had also helped boost tourism to the fi­nan­cial hub.

Hong Kong’s re­tail sales have sagged in the past two years due to a drop in the num­ber of tourists, though they picked up in July as the num­ber of in­bound visi­tors rose.

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