Hong Kong’s theme parks attracted more local visitors during the recent Labor Day holiday weekend compared to the same period last year.
The number of local people visiting Ocean Park during the three-day holiday was up about 40 percent compared to last year, while the increase recorded at Hong Kong Disneyland was over 50 percent, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Commerce Secretary Gregory So was quoted as saying that mainland China visitors to Hong Kong were up 13.8 percent in number during the holiday period, while non-mainland visitors were up 6.1 percent.
The retail sector reported growth in visitor spending overall, but jewelry and watch shops were an exception.
Even though the incoming-visitor number has increased, So said he heard people commenting that the streets appeared to be less busy than before.
Authorities will conduct studies to examine if there are changes in the visitor travel patterns, he said.
So said it will take up to a year to see the effects of new policies aimed at curbing cross-border parallel trading activities, which involved tightening of travel visas for Shenzhen residents.
Shenzhen residents can now only make one Hong Kong trip per week, against unlimited travel previously.
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