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Thursday, March 26, 2015, 15:47

HK seeks to balance tourism, social needs: CE

By Xinhua

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will strive to balance supply and demand in areas such as tourist attractions and public spaces, Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying said here Thursday.

In response to a query during a Legislative Council question and answer session this morning, Leung said tourism contributed 4.7 percent of the total GDP, similar to the contribution from all professional services.

He said the tourism industry also created job opportunities for the grassroots, and many people will become jobless or underemployed if the industry was to contract.

Leung said people should not harm Hong Kong's image as a tourist destination in an attempt to resolve problems created by parallel trading, as it would be difficult to restore its reputation.

The HKSAR government and the Travel Industry Council will boost promotion, he said, adding that people should avoid radical action towards mainland visitors.

Leung said there were fewer mainland visitors during this Lunar New Year compared with last year, and if it becomes a trend, the outlook for tourism and related industries will be affected.

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