Kowloon City councilors troubled by soaring mainland visitor numbers

Local | 27 Dec 2018 1:07 pm

Kowloon City district councilors are calling on the government to take action to limit the number of cheap mainland tour groups visiting the district, saying the tourists are noisy, and cause hygiene problems, RTHK reports.

The DAB's Roger Kwan warned that he believes the problem will get worse with the approach of Lunar New Year.

Kwan said he expects mainland visitor numbers in the district to surge to 12,000 per day from the current 10,000, in the period before and after the Lunar New Year when hotel prices are cheaper.

His view was supported by Democratic Party district councilor Kenny Lai, who said apart from the noise pollution, the rubbish left by the visitors is also a major problem.

Lai said some of the residents find it difficult even to walk around as their areas are getting clogged up with visitors and vehicles.

Kwan told RTHK's Janice Wong that Hong Kong officials should get in touch with the mainland authorities and inform them of the situation.

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