Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have occupied Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares since Friday, prompting uneasiness about a potential impact on tourism.
“Am I concerned? Of course I am concerned about the negative impact, and the signal that it will send to the international community,” Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development, Gregory So, said to the media over the weekend about the demonstration known as Occupy Central.
He added, “As to the impact of Occupy Central on tourism, I don't think anybody could tell at this point of time, not knowing the scope or the duration, or what sort of activities will be included in Occupy Central.”
On its website, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has advised travelers to avoid the Central, Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok areas of Hong Kong.
News media have reported that the protests have been mostly peaceful and that the biggest impact on travelers has been traffic caused by by blockaded boulevards.
Goway Tours said, "No Goway passengers presently in Hong Kong have been adversely affected in any way. All airport transfers and sightseeing tours are still operating as normal with some traffic diversions and/or slight delays.
"Goway reservations has experienced no cancellations or concerned questions at this time. We are monitoring the situation closely as the story is still quite new and will provide our agents with relevant updates."