THE GERMAN Harald Petersen, a four-time visitor, was enthralled by the territory's development since he first came nearly 20 years ago. But he said it was getting financially tougher for Europeans to continue coming. 'I am not exactly sure why German tourists in Hong Kong have dropped but I think one factor may be because the European economy is going down.' THE AMERICAN Businessman Peter Ciaccia said Hong Kong people still had a lot to learn in their treatment of tourists, particularly taxi drivers. He agreed Hong Kong was becoming too expensive and said it may have led to the drop in American tourists. 'It is a beautiful city but it is more expensive and also I really expect service to be a lot better.' THE KOREAN Kim Jin-oh said that despite the many bargains to be had in the territory, many things were over priced and becoming difficult to afford. 'Restaurants and taxi services are fairly priced but I think the hotel prices are far too high,' he said. THE CHINESE Wen Yuge and Ann Zhu from Shanghai said they were amazed by the cleanliness and free-flowing traffic. 'We have only been here one day but our initial impressions are the clean buildings and roads and little traffic. We did not expect that,' Ms Zhu said. THE JAPANESE Sutani Amato said many tourists were now opting to go to cheaper destinations such as China or Vietnam. 'I think there are more Japanese businessmen coming now than tourists because hotels are becoming so expensive here. Businessmen have their expenses paid for but a lot of families get better value for money from other countries.'