CHIEF Executive Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) said the government is studying ways to cope with the rising number of tourists. He said the government is meeting representatives from both the private and public sectors to collect views on controlling the influx of tourists coming to the SAR.
He pointed out some suggestions that the government may consider. For example, it might improve public facilities, such as public transport, as well as other necessary public facilities. Leung stressed that the government has not developed any proposals yet.
Leung said the government is also communicating with Beijing to “make sure decisions are based on complete and full understandings of the implication of any new policy”.
The number of tourists travelling to Hong Kong has increased rapidly in recent years. Figures taken from the Tourism Commission (旅遊事務署) show that the total number of tourists has increased by 11.7 percent in a year to around 54 million in 2013. About 40 million visitors are from mainland China.