As Hong Kong endures turmoil, did protests affect tourism? – ABS
MANILA—Chris Vivar wanted to take his family to the closest Disneyland from the Philippines for a quick vacation.
“Sa Cebu na lang, kasi ang gulo-gulo sa Hong Kong,” Vivar told ABS-CBN News. “Mahirap na baka maipit kami sa mga rally na tini-teargas ng pulis.”
(We’ll just got to Cebu, because Hong Kong is so chaotic. I don’t want to risk being held up in a rally where police throw teargas.)
Vivar is one of many travelers who were discouraged to fly to Hong Kong after mass protests against the passage of an extradition bill started in late March.
Several countries have issued travel advisories against traveling to China‘s special administrative region while the protests are ongoing, China Globalization and Hong Kong Management Association’s Reuben Mondejar told ANC’s “Rundown.”
But data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) showed that more tourists arrived on the island since the protest began 4 months ago.
Tourist arrivals increased by 5.2 percent in April 2019 compared to the same month in 2018; by 19.5 percent in May; and by 8.5 percent in June, data from HKTB showed.
Most of the tourists came from mainland China, followed by Taiwanese, Filipino, Japanese and Koreans, according to HKTB data.
According to a Reuters report, protesters issued 5 demands: complete withdrawal of the extradition bill; a halt to descriptions of the protests as ‘rioting’; a waiver of charges against those arrested; an independent inquiry and resumption of political reform.
These demands could not be easily met given that Hong Kong’s legislative arm is dominated by pro-Chinese lawmakers, Mondejar said.