The tram has applied for an increase of 1 cent to 4 cents, of which the adult fare is planned to be increased from the current 2.6 yuan to 3 yuan; the child's fare will be increased from 1.3 yuan to 1.5 yuan.
Yao Pak-leung, a member of the Legislative Council of the tourism industry, said on the RTHK program this morning (23rd) that although the rate of fare increase seems high, the tram itself is the "living fossil" of Hong Kong.
He believes that the positioning of trams is not only a means of transportation, but also a tourism project that develops in-depth tourism from the perspective of culture and history.
Yiu Pak Leung: Trams are Hong Kong's "living fossils" that are cheap and offer a unique experience
Yao Bailiang said on the Hong Kong and Taiwan program "Millennium Times" that the current annual cost of trams is about 200 million yuan, and the advertising revenue will still be about 100 million yuan in 2021. Although there is a loss, the situation is not bad.
He continued to point out that although the proposed fare increase is more than 10%, the proportion seems high, but more importantly, the sustainable development of trams, he believes that trams themselves are Hong Kong's "living fossils", which are cheap and provide unique experiences to tourists.
Member of the Legislative Council for Tourism, Yiu Pak-leung (file photo/photo by Lo Yi-ming)
Trams can cooperate with Hong Kong Island heritage sites
He believes that in addition to being used as a means of transportation, trams should also be considered from the perspective of historical and cultural conservation, and from the perspective of tourism, to develop in-depth tours. For example, Hong Kong Island itself has many historical sites. With mutual cooperation, I believe it is a dream for tourism.
He also believes that even if it is promoted as a subsidy, because the fare is cheap and the money required is not much, it is believed that it will attract tourists to Hong Kong in the future.
Range of fare increase for tram applications (Legislative Council document)
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