有冇一d新聞係講overcrowding,Traffic congestion.Polluion,urban decay
我想問有冇一d新聞係講overcrowding,Traffic congestion.Polluion,urban decay......(all urban problems的新聞)
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Hong Kong pollution draws attention worldwide
Monday, Apr 02, 2007,Page 15
News reports of chronic air pollution are putting Hong Kong's reputation as a top Asian tourist destination at risk, travel industry figures have warned.
With tourism numbers down in the early part of this year, image makers are moving full throttle in a bid to rebuild travellers' confidence in the city.
Hong Kong's worsening pollution is a growing tourist turn-off as smog, mostly from southern China's neighbouring industrialized Pearl River delta region, wafts in and blots out the famous skyline.
Surveys by green groups show visitors are increasingly suffering from smog-related illnesses and lodging complaints about the poor air quality.
But the problem has become so big an issue that news has travelled quickly overseas, posing a headache for the tourism industry.
"Pollution is the worst publicity we can get," said Franz Donhauser, chairman-elect of the Hong Kong chapter of the International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals (SKAL), a worldwide trade concern group.
"It is something that business people, hotel guests and journalists are mentioning to us more and more," added Donhauser, who is also general manager of Hong Kong's five-star Island Shangri-La Hotel.
In 2005, the government reacted angrily when a travel column in a leading British newspaper warned visitors to avoid Hong Kong as its air posed a serious health risk.
Also, last year, foreign chambers of commerce, including the powerful British and American chambers, warned that executives from their home countries had expressed concerns about setting up shop in Hong Kong because of the pollution.
Hong Kong wants to appeal to the bigger-spending travelers in Europe and the US and considers this kind of news counterproductive.(AFP)