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On today’s Backchat, we turn our focus to the local economy under the rally of protests. The business sector has pointed out that the retail and tourism industries in Hong Kong have been suffering and will take months to recover. The drop in tourists brings the worst downturn since the SARS outbreak in 2003, and Travel Industry Council says that the number of mainland China tour groups has dropped 90% compared to last year, making shopping malls and theme parks much emptier than they normally were. How do you see the situation and how long will it likely last? Should protestors be responsible for the downturn in the local economy? What should businesses especially retailers and hotels do?