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Study on mainland visitor cap:Beijing will launch education on tourist behaviour

2014.04.29
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BEIJING and Hong Kong are studying how many tourists the city can handle each year.

The chairman of Hong Kong News Executives’ Association (新聞行政人員協會) quoted Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Offi ce director (國務院港澳事務辦公室主任) Wang Guangya (王光亞) as saying it is easier for conflicts to arise between Hongkongers and mainlanders. It is because both sides have more frequent contact than before.

Ronald Chiu Ying-chun (趙應春) added that Wang stated an adjustment [on the number of mainland visitors] may be necessary. Chiu said Wang did not give details on what the adjustment would be.

He quoted Wang as saying the central government will launch an education programme. It will teach mainland tourists how to act in a civilised way overseas and avoid anything that would affect the country’s image.

Chief Executive (行政長官) Leung Chunying (梁振英) said earlier the government is studying ways to regulate the growth of mainland visitors. Their rising volume in recent years has affected the daily lives of local residents.

The influx of mainland visitors has raised concerns about overstretched tourism capacities and transport networks.

The government forecasts an increase in mainland visitors to 70 million in 2017 and to 100 million in 2023. It was 54.3 million last year.

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