Hong Kong hits 50 million Chinese tourist arrivals
- A Monitor Desk Report 19 Mar, 2019 | 1458 Views|-+
Dhaka: Hong Kong reaches a new high in tourism as Chinese tourist arrivals jumped 14.8 per cent year-on-year hitting 50 million. Now the tourism industry of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is looking forward to building a closer tie with the Chinese mainland based on positive moves on regional integration involving the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Zoe Lo, Senior Manager, North and North-eastern China, Hong Kong Tourism Board, said, “There are “plenty of new opportunities” for the Hong Kong tourism industry arising from the detailed measures in the Government Work Report 2019, such as policies to boost consumption, promote the Belt and Road Initiative and develop the Greater Bay Area.”
The Greater Bay Area is comprised of nine cities in South China’s Guangdong Province as well as the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
In the second half of 2018, the opening of two major projects within the Greater Bay Area – the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – not only boosted regional infrastructure connectivity and personnel exchanges but also speeded up the regional tourism development in the Pearl River Delta, according to Lo.
Lo noted that the Hong Kong Tourism Board does not solely pursue a simple increase in tourist arrivals. “We are also looking ways to cooperate with relevant partners in the Chinese mainland and leverage Hong Kong’s advantages in the tourism industry to promote coordinated development within the framework of the Greater Bay Area,” she added.
In the month of February, the government of China unveiled a development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, aiming to turn the region into a showcase for cooperation between the Chinese mainland, Macao and Hong Kong.