Hong Kong tourism slumps 40% as protests rumble on

The number of tourists visiting Hong Kong slumped 40 per cent in August as anti-government protests continue to rock the city.

Last year, Hong Kong was one of the world’s most visited cities, with 30 million tourists, but that has turned sharply after months of protests that still show no signs of ending.

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan said in some areas, hotel occupancy rates in August fell by more than half.

“The retail and even the catering industry are similar,” he wrote in a blog post. “The most worrying thing is that the road ahead does not seem to be easy to get better.”

Chan said the demonstrations have “severely damaged Hong Kong’s international image” as a safe city for trade, aviation and finance.