Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has unveiled new measures to boost Hong Kong’s tourism industry through diversified and value-added offerings, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
In the last policy address for his term, Leung said the government will pursue a balanced, healthy and long-term development of the sector.
He cited the “one trip per week” individual visit scheme for Shenzhen residents, which has proved effective in minimizing the pressures of tourism on society.
The chief executive said an animation park will be opened in Wan Chai to promote the city’s innovative culture to tourists.
It will showcase 30 animation characters from movies and cartoon strips such as My Neighbor Totoro, McDull and Old Master Q.
The park is expected to open in May with free entrance to the public, sources said.
Meanwhile, Lantau Island will be developed with 14 tourist facilities and attractions, along with the expansion of the Hong Kong Disneyland, Leung said.
The government also plans to develop Kai Tak into a tourism hub and scrap entrance fees to certain permanent exhibition halls of local museums.
Tourism is a major industry that accounted for 5 percent of the city’s GDP in 2013 and provides nearly 270,000 jobs, he added.
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