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Letter: Mimicking the mainland will not revive Hong Kong’s fortunes

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LettersHong Kong cannot revive its fortunes by mimicking the mainland

Readers discuss Hong Kong’s efforts to boost tourism, and caution against supporting the pet breeding industryHong Kong economyLettersPublished: 11:30am, 23 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.Since Hong Kong and the mainland resumed quarantine-free travel, the number of Hongkongers going to the mainland has skyrocketed. Hongkongers made 4.68 million trips across the border in July alone.

Meanwhile, our city’s food and beverage sector is suffering from having fewer tourists, with many locals spending their holidays and long weekends overseas rather than in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, the shopping paradise, is becoming less attractive to mainland tourists. As such, the government has tightened its economic growth forecast from 3.5-5.5 per cent to 4-5 per cent.

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