|Mickey Mouse must be wondering where all the tourists went...|
|Competitor Ocean Park has also seen a drop in visitors|
|Meanwhile dai pai dongs are a dying breed in the city|
The HKTB has a lot of work to do to repair the city's image, and also persuade the government that if it wants to bring more tourists in, Hong Kong needs to preserve its cultural heritage and that means street food.
Food is one of the best ways for people to understand a culture and what Hong Kong has to offer cannot be found anywhere else. To kill street food by putting so many restrictions on hawker licenses and dai pai dongs, is killing the city's culture and potential tourism draw.
Hong Kong people are so passionate about their food, why not make this a vital cultural industry? Originally these hawker foods existed to sustain a living, but some are very good and deserve to be encouraged to continue.
Tourists visit Taiwan and Singapore for the food, why not Hong Kong?
It's not all about shopping... and besides, tourism now is about memorable experiences.
Or did the HKTB not get that memo?