I met Dr Amy Chan on 20th August on the day of the Hungry Ghost Festival and we had a good chat about Cultural Tourism, Chinese tourists and Hong Kong as a destination. Here are a few quotes I like:
“The Mainland Chinese have skipped a lot of things in our consumer society; even with tourism it’s the same.”
“If you want to see some colonial architecture you can go to Macau. If you want to see Chinese culture without having to speak Chinese you can go to Singapore. And if you want to go shopping you can go to Bangkok.”
“We have to find what Hong Kong values are still attractive, still distinctive and how we can package that and sell it as tourism product.”
Dr Chan Kit-sze Amy is Associate Professor at the Shue Yan University in Hong Kong and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she teaches “The Culture of Travel and the Travel of Culture”. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.