Hong Kong retail sales remained sluggish on the first day of the National Day “Golden Week”, when mainland tourists used to swarm the city’s shopping districts in years past.
Shopping queues were nowhere to be seen at flagship stores of luxury brands in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay on Thursday, Apple Daily reported.
A significant rise in the number of shoppers was only observed in Apple stores, where the main demand is for the technology giant’s newly released iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Some mainlanders told the newspaper that they had bought the luxury goods they wanted to have during their previous visits to Hong Kong and were now more interested in sightseeing.
Even small shops in Tsim Sha Tsui also noted a decline in the number of shoppers. A suitcase shop owner surnamed Wong said the city had become overly dependent on mainland tourists, and so when their numbers fell, the loss of business became quite noticeable.
Jewelry shops along Russell Street in Causeway Bay also didn’t have much luck in pulling in deep-pocketed tourists.
One shop offered up to 30 percent discount on its diamond collection for the Golden Week, but a salesperson said the promotion was of little help in arresting the decline in business since early this year.
The only good news came from Sky100, the observation deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon.
By noontime, the place had already welcomed three guided tours, or some 60 mainlanders, who were eager to visit one of the settings of the mainland blockbuster movie “Lost in Hong Kong”.
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