Date
20 November 2017
Second-tier shopping venues have benefited as some prime locations were taken over by pro-democracy protesters. Photo: Bloomberg
Second-tier shopping venues have benefited as some prime locations were taken over by pro-democracy protesters. Photo: Bloomberg

Mainland visitors pour in despite Occupy protests

Mainland visitor arrivals in Hong Kong were up 6.8 percent during the Chinese National Day holiday week earlier this month compared to the same period last year despite the Occupy demonstrations, according to data released by the government.

The data has come as a surprise, the Hong Kong Economic Journal noted Friday, citing previous worries that visitor numbers could see a sharp drop as the civil disobedience movement had blocked roads and disrupted transport in prime locations in Central, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay districts.

Now, where were the visitors seen during the Golden Week holiday visit?

The report noted that shopping malls in non-first-tier tourist areas — such as Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay, apm in Kwun Tong, and even PopCorn in Tseung Kwan O — were crowded with visitors as traditional shopping venues like Nathan Road and Canton Road were occupied by protestors.

Other locations that were not affected by demonstrations, like Tsuen Wan, Kwai Fong and Western District and Chai Wan, also saw higher number of tourists, it said.

Gold and jewelry retailers saw mixed fortunes during the Golden Week. Chow Sang Sang (00116.HK) recorded a 6-8 percent drop in sales during the holiday and Chow Tai Fook (01929.HK) also had cause for worry, while Luk Fook (00590.HK) said its sales edged up 3 percent.

Luk Fook apparently benefited as most of its retail shops are located in areas that were not occupied by protesters, the paper said.

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