Hong Kong tourism enjoys mini-revival but number of visitors nearly 100 per cent down on last year
Hong Kong tourism enjoyed a mini-revival in June with 80 per cent more visitors than the previous month, but that was still nearly 100 per cent down on 2019.
Latest figures from the city’s tourist board, which were released on Wednesday, showed that 14,600 people visited last month, compared with 8,100 in May. June’s numbers represented a 99.7 per cent drop year on year.
Overall in the first six months of the year, arrivals were down 90 per cent at 3.52 million from the same period in 2019, the board said.
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With Hong Kong now battling a third wave of coronavirus infections, and with stricter social-distancing measures in place, the board has been forced to postpone a campaign designed to boost the flagging industry by encouraging residents to spend and travel locally.
The tighter rules have placed tougher restrictions on restaurants, which can only serve takeaway between 6pm and 5am, and has seen 12 different types of venues ordered to close.
Major attractions, including theme parks Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort have been shut. Ocean Park was closed on Tuesday for a week, while Disneyland is shut until further notice.
The two parks only resumed operations on June 18 after keeping visitors away for almost five months.
For authorities, the number of untraceable Covid-19 infections ” 78 of 222 local cases recorded between July 6 and July 14 are of unknown origin ” has caused concern, while the 40 local infections recorded on Tuesday was the second highest in Hong Kong. A record 41 local transmissions were reported a day earlier.
The new infections pushed the total number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong to 1,569, with eight related deaths.
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