Towards Sustainable Tourism – Key Problems and Issues Facing Hong Kong

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HTM 4105 Contemporary Tourism Issues


Unquestionably, Hong Kong is a blessed land where possesses prosperity and most of the elements of being a world class cosmopolitan which has successfully attracted visitors over years, especially from the mainland by emphasising our world-class shopping, dining and other urban attractions (Lam, H., 2004). Despite the flourishing scene of the tourism industry, the volatile tourist markets and growing competition from Southeast Asian countries and neighbouring destinations have posed new challenges to Hong Kong’s tourism industry.

In order to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a preferable Asian tourist
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However, sustainability should not put mainly on the economic side since sustainability of tourist attractions, i.e., the ecological sites and the heritage, is the core value of sustainable tourism. Although the government claimed that it has been keen on “promoting green tourism in Northeast New Territories and outlying islands having regard to the principles of nature conservation and sustainable development.” (GovHK, 2009), it is doubtful that, regarding its policy on green tourism, whether Hong Kong government has a clear and accurate vision for mass tourism that will incorporate the natural environment. Tourism should be regarded as a tool for ecological and heritage preservation but not the other way round, otherwise there is no true meaning of sustainable tourism. Apparently, there is still much room for improvement regarding the policy as more concern and control should be placed over the environmental sustainability so as not to override the economic sustainability on the environmental sustainability. The success of green tourism is largely dependent on effectiveness of government on planning and management to minimize the impact to environment and the effective distribution of ecological resources.

One of the measures suggested to the government is to have

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