Hong Kong Has Room For More?
Former chief secretary for administration and ex-Chief Executive candidate Henry Tang has said that the government has asked Beijing to include more mainland cities in the Individual Visit Scheme, which allows residents of the mainland to travel to Hong Kong without joining tour groups. The scheme currently includes 49 mainland cities, mostly large ones. The move might be aimed at increasing tourism in the city: In January visitor numbers dropped 6.8 percent, with those from the mainland down 10 percent. Some in the tourism and retail sectors welcomed the possibility, but dissenting voices warned that the move would increase social tensions in the city and might not bring in much money, either.
The government has not confirmed any of its plans.
Our take: Um, why are we still listening to Henry Tang?