In this April 4, 2017 photo, tourists visit the viewing deck of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. According to the local media, Hong Kong Tourism Board will chalked a US$1.53-million plan to attract visitors to spend more time in the city. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)
HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Tourism Board will launch a HK$12-million (US$1.53-million) campaign to attract visitors to spend more time in the city, according to the local media on Wednesday.
While attending a radio broadcast program, Anthony Lau, executive director of the board, said they were hoping to get tourists to spend more time once they arrive in Hong Kong.
Transit passengers who spend more than six hours in Hong Kong can enjoy a free ride to town center on Airport Express and discounted tickets to attractions like Disneyland and the Ngong Ping 360 cable car.
Visitors who stay in Hong Kong for more than three days will be given free day-tour packages, open-top bus tours and peak tram tickets.
The board's latest figures showed that the number of tourists visiting Hong Kong went up 2.4 percent in the first seven months of the year.
But the number of Indian tourists dropped 20 percent, mainly due to a new pre-arrival registration requirement for them.
Lau said that they want to tap new markets and cruise operators to reach out to the Indian tourists.