"Everybody wants rich Chinese Tourist"

dimanche 8 mars 2015

Hong Kong and Chinese tourists, focus on the situation

Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying chief urged residents to consider the rights of mainland Chinese to visit the southern city of China as well as economic impacts to restrict the influx of tourists. His statement Friday appeared to be a shift from Leung and Hong Kong other lawmakers promise to propose to change the political mainland Chinese visitors to the National People's Congress annual parliamentary meeting of China.

Hong Kong wants more Chinese buyers, just not the kind they are now getting.

"We have to balance the needs of the continent residents to travel to Hong Kong and their rights under the current policy with the livelihoods of the people of Hong Kong," said Leung sidelines of a meeting of the NPC , according to Reuters. "In addition, policy adjustments can not lead to a significant decrease in the number of tourists and thus affect the overall Hong Kong economy and employment."

Hong Kong residents have been demanding a change multiple visa to visit mainland Chinese have used to visit and buy goods in bulk in the city because of the lack of sales tax on certain products. Mainland Chinese buyers often clear boutiques daily necessities such as diapers and powdered milk. More recently, a protest broke out Sunday in the Yuen Long district, and chanting an estimated 400 demonstrators presented to the Chinese Communist Party to be overthrown and for consumers to return to China. Police used pepper spray on demonstrators and 38 people were arrested. Protesters took to call Chinese mainland buyers "locusts."

Over 40 million mainland tourists

Over 40 million mainland tourists visited Hong Kong last year, exceeding the 7.2 million population of the city. However, the number of inbound Chinese tourists fell for the first time in nearly 20 years during the holidays of Chinese New Year in February. "It's alarming," said Joseph Tung, the Travel Industry Council executive director of Hong Kong, according to Reuters. "Put yourself in their shoes. If you feel like people are not welcome you, why would you come to Hong Kong? If these things relate to ... the big spenders in China can simply go elsewhere like Europe. "
Thinning are the crowds of Chinese visitors are pulling their Prada bags and Swiss watches in central Hong Kong as president Xi Jinping strengthens its campaign against corruption and extravagance. Growth numbers are called parallel traders who buy shampoo, milk powder and other consumer goods to sell at higher prices in China, where safety concerns of local products put a premium to those of abroad. That is put Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying head in a dilemma between luxury retailers in the city eager to see more Chinese buyers and angry residents who accuse visitors drive up the cost required. Leung said Friday in Beijing leaders are studying the issue after a discussion this week. "The pattern of overall spending Chinese tourists has changed," Raymond Yeung, an economist at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Hong Kong, said by phone. "The real question is how Hong Kong can cope with this change."

Luxury good plunged

Luxury goods sales have plunged 14 percent last year, when the city experienced its first annual decline in retail sales since 2003. The decline continued in January, total expenses decreased by 14.6 percent a year ago.
With Chinese tourists constitute 78 percent of visitors to Hong Kong last year, the composition of their drive change on the economy and drag down luxury good companies, including Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd. and Prada SpA.
Instead of flying high in China, the city is seeing a growing number of visitors with heavy luggage hoarding space in its subways, its buses and sidewalks. "Hong Kong is essentially losing market share" of wealthy Chinese, said Mariana Kou, an analyst at CLSA. Those go to Japan, South Korea and Europe, while tourists coming to Hong Kong today are spending less, she said. While spending on luxury items fell last year, medical sales, cosmetics and supermarkets have seen so much as a 9.3 percent gain, government data shows. This is helping companies like YATA Ltd, an operator of seven department stores, which saw Chinese tourists buy shampoo and groceries on its shelves, according to CEO Daniel Chong. The new shopping habits is so riling residents.

Yuen Long in the Hong Kong area, close to China, there were three marches in a month against parallel traders and day visitors from the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen. Limit visitors

Limit the number of visitors? 

The solution is to limit the number of visitors who are here for just a day, according to Michael Tien, founder of clothing retailer G2000 Group. Those who come several times a year account for 50 percent of Chinese tourists, against 20 percent five years ago, he said. "These visitors do not stay the night and their contribution is very limited," said in an interview Tien in Beijing where he was attending the annual sessions of the top legislative body of China as a Hong Kong delegate. "I do not want to see continental Hong Kong in a negative way, but I hope that more people other than Shenzhen could go to Hong Kong."

Demonstration again Chinese Mainland

Police accused 12 people of 38 arrested during a demonstration on 1 March, and used pepper spray to break up clashes between demonstrators and their opponents, the South China Morning Post reported on March 3rd.
Two thirds of the 743 respondents last month wanted the government to reduce the number of individual Chinese visitors, the Hong Kong Chinese University said March 4. More than three-fifths of respondents said that tourists have brought disadvantages for their lives. "We must find a balance that we do not want to see policy changes leading to a drastic decline in the number of visitors and thus hurt the economy," said Leung reporters in Beijing after attending the Chinese legislative sessions. "The central government to see how it can support the tourism industry in Hong Kong while at the same time does not impact on the daily lives of people."

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