Union proposes HK$100m for local tourism

Local | 6 Nov 2019 5:43 pm

The Federation of Trade Unions has urged the government to fork out HK$100 million to boost local tourism by subsiding residents to join local tours, RTHK reports.
The federation’s vice-chairwoman, Sara Leung, said the government should subsidize about HK$120 for each resident to join local day tours – to places like the islands or the countryside – so as to boost businesses while relieving their stress.
Leung said many citizens are not fully familiar with outlying islands and country parks. She said if people go out of the city and have a family tour around these areas, it will lift their spirits.
The pro-establishment group said the plan can help to sustain battered sectors like tourism, hotel and catering sectors who were badly hit by over five months of protests.
It said tours in Hong Kong have dropped by 90 percent, with only less than 20  coming from the mainland a day.
The union said more than 300 restaurants have closed down and it is worried that the situation may continue until next year’s Lunar New Year holiday.

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