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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

Tourism in Hong Kong shrank to 5.2 million in July, a 4.8 percent decrease from the same month last year.

Tourist arrivals from mainland China also dropped 5.5 percent compared to the previous year, at about 4.16 million, the Hong Kong Tourism Authority said Friday.

According to statistics, tourist arrivals for the first half reached around 35 million, up 13.9 percent compared to the previous year.

Each month for the first five months of the year saw over 5.5 million tourist arrivals, while June arrivals dropped by about 770,000 compared to May’s at around 5.1 million.

The data also shows that tourist arrivals from close-knit markets such as Singapore and South Korea as well as long-distance markets, such as the United States and Canada have declined since July this year.

As of August 28, more than 30 countries and regions have issued travel warnings of tourism in Hong Kong.

Earlier this month, the United States issued travel advice to its people who want to go to Hong Kong, asking them to be careful while in the area, following street protests over the past month.

Demonstrations in the Asian financial hub have sparked protests over the extradition bill that is currently pending implementation, and it is now responding to a demand for reform of the democratic system.

Protests and confrontations have now spread to neighborhoods where it was previously prohibited to hold gatherings and marches.

Travel advice was raised to level two on a four-point scale.

The Australian government has also warned its citizens of the latest travel advice issued.

The city, which is controlled by China, has been protesting for months for rejecting a proposed bill allowing deportees to be tried in China.

Demonstrators attend march to support strike at Hong Kong shopping mall.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, wary of problems, said that recent protests in the city were pushing her to a “very dangerous situation” and challenging China’s sovereignty.

Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong region, said she had no intention of stepping down as anti-government protests.

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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