China Hong KongTourism board says it made the decision because of this week’s ‘violent protests’.

Hong Kong sinks its dragon boat carnival at short notice

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HKTB says the decision to scupper this year’s dragon boat festival was taken after "after careful consideration". Photo Credit: HKTB.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has cancelled the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Carnival, which was scheduled to be held at the Central Harbourfront this weekend, June 14-16.

In a brief statement on its website, the HKTB said it made the decision "after careful consideration" on Wednesday, as large protests in the Admiralty and Central districts of Hong Kong turned violent.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival attracts thousands of visitors and paddlers from around the region, and is supported by food and entertainment events.

The HKTB said it would inform the travel trade and visitors of the "relevant arrangements through various channels".

This week’s protests were aimed at halting a contentious extradition agreement between Hong Kong and China.

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