Chinese cross-border tourists are maintaining a healthy appetite for visiting the popular destinations of Hong Kong and Macau, as Wen Qihua, head of the Tourism Bureau of Macau, expects more cooperation in Guangdong province and the two Special Administrative Regions to boost the region’s tourism, Yicai.com report.
In 2016, around 58% of a total 122 million Chinese tourists crossing the border chose Hong Kong and Macau as their ultimate destination.
Meanwhile, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, including nine cities in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong, welcomed more than 400 million tourists last year. Total tourism revenue has reached an estimated 1 trillion yuan (US$153 billion), the report said.
Zhu Manling, tourism commissioner for the Hong Kong SAR government, suggests cities in the Greater Bay Area should not only develop their own advantages, but also coordinate to promote regional tourism.