The recent wave of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong that resulted in the closure of the airport has had a negative effect on tourists visiting the city, a report from ForwardKeys revealed.
In the first fortnight (between 16 - 29 June), bookings fell 9.0% and in the second fortnight (30 June – 13 July) it dropped by 2.2%.
The report revealed that in the following 27 days (between 14 July – 9 August), the city recorded a dramatic drop of 33.4% in bookings.
Between 16 June and 9 August, the city witnessed a demonstration that was accompanied by a strike and riots.
Several countries, including UAE, issued warnings about visiting the country and also urged travellers not to wear black to avoid being mistaken as a protester.
In the report ForwardKeys said: “There is now clear evidence that the protests have reversed a positive travel trend in which bookings for the first six and a half months of the year were up 6.6% when compared to 2018”.
Speaking about the situation, David Tarsh, spokesman for ForwardKeys, said: “During June and early July, we saw no decline in long-haul bookings to Hong Kong; however, that is no longer the case. From 16 June to 9 August, long-haul bookings to Hong Kong are now 4.7% down on the equivalent period last year.
“Furthermore, the latest numbers do not yet include the events of Monday, when all flights were cancelled and video of police clearing protestors from the airport were beamed around the world; so the company is not optimistic about reporting a recovery in the immediate future,” he added.
Hong Kong set to witness dramatic drop in tourists
Published: 15 August 2019 - 8 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen