Residents' Perceptions Toward the "Chinese Tourists' Wave" in Hong Kong: An Exploratory Study

Grace Siu, Louisa Y.S. Lee, Yiu Chung Leung

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Mainland China experienced an extraordinary progress in its economy in the past two decades which directly stimulates more outbound travels. Considering the geographical proximity and political ties between Hong Kong and Mainland China, the share of inbound tourists to Hong Kong has been, and will continuously be, largely occupied by Mainland Chinese tourists on an uprising basis. The phenomenon of the "Chinese tourists' wave", operationalizing as the influx of tourists from Mainland China, has brought tremendous change on Hong Kong's tourism industry, economy and local community. It is, thus, of necessity to understand the perceptions and response toward this phenomenon from local residents' perspective as they are the stakeholders of local tourism. Drawing on the findings from three focus group interviews with 18 Hong Kong residents, three conventional dimensions, namely "Economic", "Social-cultural" and "Environmental" were identified and discussed to demonstrate the local residents' perceptions toward the impact of "Chinese tourists' wave" phenomenon. Generally, residents tend to recognize the positive economic impacts as well as negative social-cultural and environmental impacts generated from this tourism phenomenon. The recommendations suggested in this study also serve as a reference for tourism authorities concerned to redress the existing problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-463
Number of pages18
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2013


  • "Chinese tourists' wave"
  • Hong Kong
  • Mainland China
  • residents' perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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