Hong Kong and Mainland sign agreement to enhance tourism exchange and co-operation
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, on behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, today (August 9) signed an Agreement on Further Enhancement of Tourism Co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong with Vice Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration Mr Du Jiang in Beijing.
Building on the existing basis, the agreement aims to further strengthen exchange and co-operation between the two sides in tourism development.
The agreement reached by the two sides covers areas including:
At present, many international visitors travel to Hong Kong on multi-destination itineraries. About 50 per cent of the visitors from short-haul markets are using this kind of itinerary while the corresponding figure for long-haul markets is over 90 per cent. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government hopes to continue to strengthen co-operation with the China National Tourism Administration in this area.
Several major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong will be completed in the near future. Developing multi-destination travel itineraries helps to attract more visitors to travel to Hong Kong and then to other cities, and also complements the nation’s Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.
Ends/Wednesday, August 9, 2017