Survey: The average income of Hong Kongs tourism industry has fallen by nearly 80percent in the past two months.

 Survey: The average income of Hong Kongs tourism industry has fallen by nearly 80percent in the past two months.

Xinhua News Agency, Hong Kong, August 12 (Xinhua) - A questionnaire on tourism practitioners released by three Hong Kong tourism trade unions on August 12 shows that in the past two months, the average income of respondents has fallen by nearly 80%, and more than 10% of respondentsincome has been zero.

The Hong Kong Tourist GuidesUnion, the Hong Kong Leaders Union and the Hong Kong Tourist Service WorkersFederation, under the auspices of the Hong Kong-Kowloon Labor Societies Federation, held a joint press conference on the same day to publish the results of the questionnaire entitled Current Situation of Hong Kong Tourism Employees. Three tourism trade unions conducted a questionnaire earlier this month. About 1012 tourists completed the questionnaire.

Respondents generally said that compared with the same period last year, since June, the number of tourist groups received has fallen by more than 70% on average, and the average income has fallen by about 75%. Forty percent of the respondents said their incomes fell by more than 90 percent; more than one in ten said their incomes were zero; and more than ninety percent were worried about Hong Kongs tourism prospects for the next year.

Huang Jiayi, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourist Guide Union, said that the tourism data in the first half of this year had performed well, but the demonstrations led to a cold winter in the peak season of tourism in Hong Kong in July and August. During the same period in the past year, tour guides received an average of 12 to 15 tour groups per month. This year, affected by demonstrations, tours were cancelled in mainland, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Many tour guides have zero group number in August.

Liu Zhenyuan, chairman of the Hong Kong Leading Trade Union, stressed that the current tourism situation in Hong Kong is worse than that in the SARS era. He worries that many practitioners intend to borrow their savings income during the peak season to cope with the off-season. If the situation continues to deteriorate, practitioners may be affected by their work and life, and tourism talents may be greatly drained.

Lin Zhensheng, chairman of the Hong Kong-Kowloon Federation of Labor Societies, said he hoped that the HKSAR government would introduce relief measures to help the industry out of its predicament. He suggested that the SAR Government set up a program to increase the skills of tourism employees to provide loans to unemployed or underemployed practitioners.

Lin Zhensheng expressed the hope that all sectors of society would stop the violence, think quietly, build a platform for rational communication, and work together to help Hong Kongs tourism industry develop healthily again.

Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Dai Wenjia_NB12498