Last year it was the hand-over (from British rule to Chinese), this year it's the Asian economic crisis. Hong Kong has faced challenges of late assuring travelers that things are stable.
"Last year we had 10.4 million visitors, this year it's about 10 million," says Douglas Gautier, deputy executive director, Hong Kong Tourist Association. "But that still puts us as the number-one destination in Asia by a country mile."
Not that the former British colony is satisfied with that