The large number of visitors into the region has made tourism one of the most important industries for the region, the others being financial services and international trade. In order to increase the number of tourists and to cater for the ever-increasing demand for more sights, the Hong Kong Tourism Board conducted a survey from tourists in 1999. The aim of the survey was to know whether the tourists were satisfied with what was on offer by the region, and if there was more that could be done to increase their pleasure (www.hab.gov.hk, 2009).
The results of the survey were interesting at best, as most of the tourists interviewed stated that while Hong Kong was full of natural sights that gave it credence in the tourism world, it did not have much in terms of arts and culture. This is to say, that the region did not have attractive cultural sites for tourists.