Mr. Lin, who has worked on tourist buses for more than 10 years, said that the conflict between Hong Kong and Hong Kong in June had greatly affected his livelihood. In the past, construction started more than 20 days a month, only rested for 4 or 5 days, with a monthly income of about HK$20,000. But now it can only start work for one or two days a month, or even no work for the whole month. Revenue has fallen by about 90%.
He worries that if the situation persists, the monthly base salary alone will not be enough to make a living, while other industries such as catering, Hotel and other industries are not in a recession, and it will not be easy to change careers.
Another tourist bus driver, Xiang Ge, said that he had worked only six days in August, but still had no work since September. He described that he had never worked in such a difficult situation for more than a decade, and now he almost stopped working and felt angry.
Cui Dingbang, Director-General of the Hong Kong Tourism Promotion Association, who sponsored the demonstration, said that the number of visitors to Hong Kong was reduced as a result of the series of demonstrations, of which only 5% had visited the Mainland in September. Tourism-related industries, including travel agencies and hotels, were also affected. If the situation lasted for another 1 to 2 months, the tourism industry would be laid off or even closed down. In coordination with the banking sector, the government of the Hebei Special Administrative Region has postponed the donation of tourist buses, taxis and minibuses to alleviate the financial pressure on drivers.
Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Yang Bin_NF4368