Fears of violence from the Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign will deter visitors from coming to Hong Kong, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday, citing Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman Peter Lam Kin-ngok.
The campaign is expected to scare away some long-haul travelers, especially families during the summer holidays, forcing hotels to cut room rates, Lam said.
Tourism board executive director Anthony Lau was quoted as saying that the board’s overseas offices have had requests from travelers for information about Occupy Central.
The board also said Hong Kong had 4.5 million visitors in May but only 46 percent stayed on Hong Kong Island. Growth in visitor numbers was also down for the month to 8.9 percent, falling from 15.7 percent in January, Sky Post reported Friday.
Hotel charges also dived in May, with stays at three-star hotels costing as little as HK$500 (US$64) per night. The overall occupancy rate was only 88 percent, according to the report.
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