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Smart tourism: How far has Hong Kong gone?


In recent years, the Hong Kong Government has been committed to infiltrating the elements of technology and innovation into the tourism industry. Yet, the local development of smart tourism is still at an initial stage. In comparison, some countries have already used big data to analyse tourist flows and preferences. How can the Government and industry practitioners acquire inspiration from these experience?

Bauhinia: Hopes for the city’s breakthrough rekindled


Bauhinia welcomes Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s latest Policy Address, which initiates a number of measures to restore the economy, secure employment and improve livelihoods, developing an ideal environment for sustainable development for Hong Kong people. Certain policy areas, including land and housing, health care, tourism and support to SMEs, are in line with the Centre’s advocacy which is worthy to support.

How to unlock the potential of meteorological industry in the Greater Bay Area?


The ever-changing weather has added uncertainties to economic activities. With the advancement of technology in recent years, many enterprises also have the ability to collect and analyse meteorological data in a bid to provide tailor-made weather forecasting and analysis services. Making reference to overseas supportive measures to private meteorological companies, can the Greater Bay Area create a similar conducive environment to unlock the potential of the meteorological industry?

Data speaks: Prepare ahead for retail practitioners amid bleak jobs outlook


Hong Kong’s once-flourishing tourism industry propelled growth of the retail sector and created lots of related job opportunities. However, the tourism industry going through turbulent times in recent years has yet created more related jobs, even though visitor arrivals rebounded from a slump a few years ago. It is time for helping retail practitioners reinvent their careers, even though the pandemic will eventually end and the city will provide a warm welcome to international visitors again.

Low-code/no-code tools: Fostering app development for all


Hong Kong enterprises often claim that a lack of digital talent hampers digital transformation. However, with the rise of low-code and no-code development platforms in foreign countries, people can now develop applications with low or even no code. This article explores the impact of these platforms on the programming industry, business operations, and the atmosphere of learning programming for all.

Improving financial literacy of generation slashie


As the COVID-19 continues to weigh on the local economy, the youth unemployment rate has been soaring over the past year. Regardless of the economic uncertainty, the younger generation, whose sources of income and consumption patterns are different from the older generation, are more likely to face the challenge of saving money on a tight budget. In recent years, pocket money apps for children have gained popularity and some countries have introduced financial education to school curriculum. Can these ideas help Hong Kong young generation improve their financial literacy?

The paradox of positioning Hong Kong as a 'shopping paradise'


Hong Kong's tourism industry development has already undergone a bottleneck long before the epidemic. Unless there is a breakthrough innovation, the industry will lose its competitiveness gradually. To step forward, Hong Kong should review its position as a ‘shoppers’ paradise’.

Should KOLs declare interest for their endorsements?


Online influencers, also known as KOLs, have become a magnet for advertisers in recent years. However, some KOLs promote products through sharing so-called ‘user experience’ with followers, concealing the fact that they got paid or sponsored. Some countries like the United Kingdom, the United States and South Korea have strengthened regulations of influencers’ endorsement. Should Hong Kong follow suit?

Pain points holding Hong Kong’s tourism back: Overloading and over-reliance on single visitor source market


In Hong Kong, the tourism industry has entered a harsh winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, according to the Centre’s latest research, the city’s tourism has already experienced stagnation of its life-cycle since last year. The ‘imbalance between tourists and residents’ and ‘reliance on a single visitor source market’ form part of the barriers to breakthrough. This article will identify appropriate policy directions to revitalise the industry.