China Hong KongGovernment says economy is facing ‘very difficult’ time

Hong Kong visitor numbers slump as protests continue

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Hong Kong visitor numbers were down almost 40% in August. Photo Credit: LewisTsePuiLung/GettyImages
Hong Kong’s economy is facing a very difficult situation, it is facing very big downward pressure as it has to deal with the ongoing US-China trade war and internal challenges at the same time.– Paul Chan, Hong Kong financial secretary

HONG KONG – The number of tourists visiting Hong Kong slumped in August as anti-government protests continued across the city.

In a blog post, Hong Kong financial secretary Paul Chan said visitor numbers fell almost 40% from last year. That marked a further deepening of the 5% year-on-year decline in July, he said.

The unrest has dealt a blow to the territory's economy, specifically its tourism and retail sectors.

“Hong Kong’s economy is facing a very difficult situation,” Mr Chan said. “It is facing very big downward pressure as it has to deal with the ongoing US-China trade war and internal challenges at the same time.”

In August, protests at Hong Kong International Airport resulted in significant disruption and delays, including the cancellation of flights.

Access control measures are now in place at HKIA and travellers are advised to arrive at the airport three hours before departure.


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