During the Occupy Movement last year, pro-Beijing groups had warned that the street protests will pose a grave threat to Hong Kong and derail its tourism industry and the broader economy.
Examining the situation one year later, we can conclude that the dire predictions were off the mark and that the doomsday scenarios were uncalled for.
In fact, some local tour organizers now say that they have actually benefited from the Occupy-related coverage of the city in foreign publications.
Little Adventures in Hong Kong, a firm founded in 2009, is one such group.
“Our business in fact grew during the Occupy Movement,” a company representative told the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
Instead of taking visitors to the routine sightseeing spots, Little Adventures targets high-end Western clients and focuses on presenting the real Hong Kong, its culture and cuisine.
“Our clients are typically more educated. Hong Kong was covered by global media during the Occupy Movement. It was so high profile, and lots of overseas college students and scholars were interested in Hong Kong after that.”
“Enquiries suddenly increased, with some of them asking specifically if we can take them to visit the occupied areas,” the person added.
The company’s business has been expanding since then.
Western tourists often visit mainland China before coming to Hong Kong, and they are usually amazed at what they find in the city.
For many first-time visitors, it comes as a pleasant surprise that Hong Kong, though a territory of China, is totally different from the mainland in many respects.
“That makes them even more keen to learn about China-Hong Kong relationship and the one country, two systems,” said the Little Adventures spokesperson.
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