Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stated that he opposed an increase in the number of cities whose residents are allowed to enter Hong Kong freely. He recognized that an increased population of mainland visitors adds a heavy burden to the local residents and facilities. Leung promised to continue his discussions with the central government on the issue of restricting the number of Mainland visitors. Recently multiple protests have occurred to oppose the Mainland’s visitor policies. According to the Hong Kong government’s newly released whitepaper, Hong Kong saw a total of HK$493.3 billion (US$63.61 billion) in retail sales in 2014, which was a 0.2 percent decrease from 2013. In the meantime, the number of visitors increased by 12 percent. Mainland visitors represented an 80 percent share of all visitors to Hong Kong. Macao is also reconsidering its policies on controlling the number of visitor.
Source: Sina, February 24, 2015