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Liang Fangyuan, chairman of the General Association of Tourism Employees, pointed out that the number of inland visiting groups began to decrease in June and dropped by 90% in August compared with the same period last year, with only a small number of Vietnamese, Philippine and Indonesian touring groups visiting Hong Kong. Business and study tours in the Mainland, Europe and the United States cancelled their visits to Hong Kong because of travel warnings. She expects that the number of golden week visits to Hong Kong will decrease by 90% compared with the same period last year.
In addition, the MTR has recently become a target of mob attacks, and its shopping malls have been blocked by mob sit-ins, so that businesses can not operate normally. Some netizens also found that Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland, the two major theme parks, have lost a lot of visitors to Hong Kong.
The monthly economic loss is about 12 billion yuan
According to data from the Hong Kong Tourism Development Board, the total number of visitors to Hong Kong last August was 5.89.59 million, an increase of 17.4% over the same month in 2017. Last year, the total number of visitors reached 65.15 million, with a total consumption of 328.2 billion yuan. According to the 40% drop, 23.66 million passengers visited Hong Kong in August this year evaporated, leaving only about 3.54 million, and the estimated monthly economic loss is about 12 billion yuan.
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Huang Jinda, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Council, welcomed the assistance of the Bureau in difficult times, and pointed out that the relevant measures could reduce the operating costs of the industry and have a certain encouraging effect. However, he believes that what the tourism industry needs most is to put an end to the current chaos as soon as possible, otherwise more promotion will not play a significant role.
At present, Hong Kongs security is a problem, not that Hong Kongs tourist attractions are unattractive. Lin Zhiting said that he was glad that the Bureau of Tourism and Development could help the industry to overcome its difficulties when the industry was in a difficult situation, but it was always necessary for the society to restore tranquillity if travellers were to return to Hong Kong. (Overseas Network/Li Hao)
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Yang Bin_NF4368