For diverting everyone’s attention away from NatSec laws and trials?
The Inter Miami-vs-Hong Kong match had been treated as a celebrity event rather than a sports one.
The government pledged last month to host more than 80 mega events in the first half of 2024.
Seems the Chief Executive and other ministers deleted their social media posts ‘sharing the joy’ at the Inter Miami-Hong Kong game.
With embarrassing ‘mega events’ apparently scheduled every couple of days, we are guaranteed more tourism angst. The Tourism Board boss laments the lack of attractions apart from bubble tea and pineapple buns. (Do tourists know that there is no pineapple in the scrofulous-looking delicacies?) His suggestions suggest a paucity of ideas: hipster coffee shops and afternoon English tea at hotels. (English? Hasn’t the guy heard about patriotism?)
In Japan, they take a more robust attitude, scrapping cheap transport deals for visitors and putting up signs telling foreign rabble to behave decently. The lesson for Hong Kong: stop trying so hard – it makes you look sad and desperate. (And make the place nice to live in, and the tourists will pour in of their own accord.)