The vision is that the Greater Bay Area – Hong Kong, Macau, and nine cities in Guangdong Province including Shenzhen and Guangzhou – will become an economic and business hub, following the examples of Silicon Valley in San Francisco and the Tokyo Bay Area in Japan.
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) executive director Anthony Lau Chun-hon suggested Hong Kong could become the Greater Bay Area’s international aviation gateway, paving the way for tourists to easily jet in and visit tourism products within the bay area.
But will this encourage visitors to Hong Kong to transit through, rather than overnight in the city?
The area’s new infrastructure, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link has made access into, but also out of, Hong Kong very fast and efficient.
Lau dismissed concerns.
“We hope to use Hong Kong as an international aviation hub and leverage on the attractiveness of the whole Greater Bay Area to bring in long-haul visitors to Hong Kong and make the city a stop for interchange,” he said.
Lau added that one of the plans for the Greater Bay Area is to transform one district into a tourism destination, with two or three options currently on the drawing board.