Hong Kong Has Room For More?

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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?

Il­lus­tra­tion: Elaine Tang

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