Hong Kong is all about luxury, convenience and exclusive merchandise, according to Tobe Report editor Amy Lan.
The city has seen an explosion in tourism, with 42 million visitors taking in Hong Kong in 2011. That’s a 16.2 percent increase from 2010. And those tourists are shopping.
Most of those who visit Hong Kong are from mainland China, and Lan says they’re looking to buy luxury goods at a lower cost.
“Hong Kong has lower import duties, a lot more merchandise, and with the relaxation of travel restrictions, more and more Chinese are coming to Hong Kong,” she said.
Because of the influx of tourists, the service industry knows how to cater to an international clientele and can speak several languages.
Lan suggests visiting I.T., a home-grown chain store that is “very boutique-like in nature;” Massimo Dutti, located in several of the city’s malls; and Kookai, a French label that has stand-alone stores but is also carried in some international department stores.