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  • "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

    The week-long National Day holiday of Chinese Mainland is used to be a shining week in Hong Kong as thousands of mainland tourists will bring in flourishing wealth.

    However, the "Golden Week" this year is not as golden as it used to be since many people from the mainland, especially tourists from nearby Guangdong Province prefer not to visit Hong Kong during the holiday.
    A tour guide from a Guangdong tourism agency said: "They don't want to come during holiday time fearing the higher hotel and ticket prices, especially the crowds of people."

    According to statistics from Hong Kong Immigration Department, the number of visitors on the first day of the golden week stood at 280,000, a record low since the start of the "Individual Visiting System" in 2003.
    Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board, admitted that the "Golden Week" influence to the local market is diminishing because more and more people from the mainland choose ordinary time to visit Hong Kong rather than holiday.

    However, she said this does not necessarily mean the positive effect of "Individual Visiting System" on local tourism is reducing, instead it is more balanced throughout the year.

    But the market is more or less disappointing since most stores expected a higher revenue during the holiday week.

    Causeway Bay, one of the most crowded shopping hubs in Hong Kong, looked even more quiet than common weekends. Some electronic stores said business is slower than the same holiday time last year.

    Hong Kong Disneyland may also feel upset since the long-hoping- for crowds of guests did not appear as expected. However, this is good news for guests who choose to visit the park during the holiday because they can enjoy themselves without worrying about the long waiting line.
    Some critics said the declining number of tourists reflects problems in Hong Kong tourism industry, such as the lack of attraction of resorts, lack of transparency of prices and poor handling of tourists complaints.

    Stephen Ip, secretary for Economic Development and Labor, also admitted the diminishing effect of "Golden Week" when he visited Hong Kong Disneyland during the holiday. But he said the market for individual visit is not saturated and he believed the market can be further enlarged if measures are taken to improve the service of local tourism.
    Source: People's Daily

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    Re: "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

    I think HKDL would rather mainlanders come throughout the year than all at once in Golden Week. They can only hold so many visitors at once, after all.

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    • #3
      Re: "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

      Was October Golden Week even big for HKDL last year, I don't recall any special mention?

      I suppose the true test comes at Chinese New Year in February - will we get insane crowds like last year or will everyone steer clear because of the stories of last time round?
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      • #4
        Re: "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

        I thought Golden Week was amazing! No one was there. Last night, We rode the Winnie the Pooh rides 14 times in a row with no waiting. The staff just opened the gate and let us back on. We didn't even have to run the circle to enter again. Mind, my daughter is a flirt and has spoken a lot to all the staff. Most of them know her by name and she knows theirs, so maybe that was the reason they were so nice yesterday.
        She was tired and fell asleep during the philharmonic. They let us sit through three showings so she could take her nap.
        When it came to taking photos with the characters, we did have to wait for 2 people before we could get a picture with Mickey Mouse. Mushu left his post and took a walk through the fantasy garden with her, and later on Buzz took her for a stroll around tomorrowland.
        I didn't see any of the big crowds that were "expected". We went 3 times last week and every day was as slow as the first. But then, to be honest I don't think with the reports that came out a few weeks before about the tourists going to Macao to gamble anyone expected big crowds.
        I hope it gets busy around CNY because if it does, maybe they might expand faster.

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        • #5
          Re: "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

          Well, Disney has a slightly more optimistic view of Golden week:

          http://www.hkdlsource.com/news/viewstory?story=45

          (With photos!)

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          • #6
            Re: "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

            Careful there Loomis... Those photos have the Disney name on them, which makes me believe those kids on them are CMs posing in vague Halloween attire, on photos that are intended by marketing for promotional purposes, and not necesarily a true reflection of what's happening at HKDL in reality.

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            • #7
              Re: "Golden Week" losing shine in HK, People's Daily, 2006-10-8

              Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
              Careful there Loomis... Those photos have the Disney name on them, which makes me believe those kids on them are CMs posing in vague Halloween attire, on photos that are intended by marketing for promotional purposes, and not necesarily a true reflection of what's happening at HKDL in reality.
              Hee hee...as I said, it was the 'Disney version', and naturally, that will be more optimistic.

              (Plus, I was the one that added the copyright Disney name, largely because it is the law).

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