Fears For Hong Kong Tourism After Mainlander Killed

October 21, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (21-October-2015): Tourism in Hong Kong suffered another blow after Miao Cheng, a 53-year old mainlander, was beaten to death by a group of thugs in an argument during a shopping trip.

Coerced shopping, where tour guides push visitors into overpriced stores while receiving a kickback, has been a persistent problem in tourism, while mainlanders are increasingly avoiding Hong Kong after recurrent political protests.

After experiencing the gloomiest golden week in years for tourism, Hong Kong witnessed another tragedy this week, in which a Chinese mainland tourist was beaten to death.  It is not only an embarrassment for the city but more importantly, it will add insult to injury for Hong Kong’s already dismal tourism.

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This is not the first time that mainland tourists died in Hong Kong. Back in 2010, when Chen Youming, a former national table tennis player, visited the city, he was forced to go on a grueling scheduled shopping tour by his guide. Chen later suffered a fatal heart attack, collapsed and died, which triggered an outcry within Hong Kong.

There might be quite a few reasons for such tragic dramas, yet the lack of supervision and management in tourism must be the primary cause.  Over the years, low- and zero-cost tourist packages offered by certain agents have become sadly normal in Hong Kong.

Disputes and even conflicts caused by them have also become a common occurrence. Those agents take advantage of tourists seeking cheap tours. However, since the agents cannot make a profit from their low budget, they try to force their clients into as many shopping opportunities as possible, receiving a kickback.

The chaos of the Hong Kong tourism market definitely has something to do with certain agents or classless people.