Authorities Shelved Plans to Relax Visa Restrictions
Shenzhen authorities have shelved indefinitely their plans to relax visa restrictions that would have allowed millions of mainland visitors to visit Hong Kong after several discussions with the Hong Kong government.
The plan was suppose to take effect last September 1st and should have loosen visa requirements for mainland visitors thus allowing 4 million non permanent Shenzhen residents to acquire multi-entry permits for Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong officials the plan has sparked an outcry that Hong Kong might not handle the influx of visitors.
The government is duly aware of the concerns of the Hong Kong people, and they are now considering Hong Kong’s capacity of handling such the influx of people before going ahead with the policy. Last year Hong Kong received 28 million visitors from the mainland which showed a 23.9 percent increase from the previous year. Although tourism is good for business it has also increased inflation and strained public services.