The pro-democracy protests gripping Hong Kong have pressured the Hong Kong Tennis Open to be postponed, organisers stated Friday, as vacationer numbers plummet.
The announcement comes as Hong Kong prepares for yet one more unsure weekend amid protests triggered 15 weeks in the past by a controversial invoice that might permit individuals dealing with legal prices to be extradited to China. Paul Chan Mo-po, Hong Kong’s monetary secretary, stated the variety of vacationers arriving to Hong Kong has plunged 40 p.c in comparison with final August.
Town owes a lot of its normally booming tourism trade to the hordes of holiday makers coming from mainland China. In January, the Hong Kong Tourism Board stated Hong Kong’s vacationer arrivals reached a brand new excessive of 65.1 million final 12 months, 51 million of which have been mainland Chinese language vacationers.
The protests have dented these figures, nevertheless, and July noticed the primary dip in mainland guests since January 2018.
The organisers of the Hong Kong Tennis Open stated after discussions with key stakeholders, that they had determined that “the smooth running of the tournament” can be “better assured at a later time.”
The occasion was initially meant to happen October fifth to 13th. No new date has been set, however the assertion added that discussions have been underway to repair a brand new one.
The extradition invoice has been formally dropped, however activists proceed to protest, saying the town’s chief is barely assembly one out of their 5 core calls for.
They need an unbiased committee set as much as examine allegations of police violence in opposition to protesters over the previous few months, and name for Carrie Lam, the chief govt, to step down.