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Australian tourism chief hopes plunging currency can lure visitors from Hong Kong

Australian tourism chief hopes plunging currency can lure visitors from Hong Kong | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Australia's dollar is coasting downward as China devalues the yuan, a situation Canberra hopes can translate into more dollars coming in from Hong Kong - half a billion of them a year, to be exact. Even though fewer people visit the country from Hong Kong than from most of its neighbours, Andrew Hogg, the new GM of Tourism Australia who oversees the Greater China region, expressed optimism that the weaker currency would bring more of them south. Some 202,000 Hongkongers visited Australia between June last year and end of this past May, an increase of 2.5% from the same period prior. However, the growth was much weaker than both Taiwan and South Korea, which saw increases of 6.7% in the same period. Find out more.

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Travel writers rejoice - Hong Kong loves you

Travel writers rejoice - Hong Kong loves you | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Research group GfK has unearthed some surprising findings about Hong Kong travellers, including the popularity of travel magazines. Using a fairly small but relevant sample – 520 consumers who had booked an outbound leisure holiday with at least one overnight stay in the past three months – GfK found that “travel related publications” were the second most popular touch point. Online travel agents top the poll and are accessed by nearly half of all travellers. Publications come next with 43%, followed by web sites operated by agents with an offline presence.

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Hong Kong welcomes cuddly Aussie critters

Hong Kong welcomes cuddly Aussie critters | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Ocean Park has revealed the latest info regarding three koalas who have taken up residency in Hong Kong. The koalas, which arrived in Hong Kong from South Australia in October 2014, include one male and two females, and will meet the public together with other iconic animals from South Australia when the new Adventures in Australia opens in March/April this year. To enable the public to catch a glimpse of Hong Kong's first koalas, Ocean Park has prepared an exclusive video available for online viewing. The Park has also launched a public voting campaign to name one of the koalas. The three koalas, all aged around 2 years old, are adapting well to their new home in Hong Kong as well as to their new diet of leaves sourced from Ocean Park's eucalyptus farms in China. The Adventures in Australia park will also feature red-necked wallabies and laughing kookaburras from South Australia. 

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