An article in the South China Post has pointed out the value of Hong Kong markets to their declining tourism sector. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has been criticised for leaving parts of its fresh food wholesale markets empty.
The article proposed turning empty space into weekend markets featuring gourmet and organic foods and handcrafts. “These weekend markets have proved to be a successful tourist magnet in other cities. Each one I have visited has had its own unique qualities, for example, Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Borough Market in London, and Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania.”
The article went on to say “A market can be much more than the city’s fresh-food shopping mecca – it can also be a historic landmark. Queen Victoria Market is a case in point.”
Hong Kong has long been recognised for the number of markets, the variety of goods on display, and the huge crowds, particularly at their night markets. It is interesting that Hong Kong hopes to draw inspiration from QVM as they look to enhance their tourist offer.
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