The tourist industry has been badly affected, with the gloomy economy making many people think twice before spending. However, the number of Guangdong residents visiting Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays did not see a significant drop. According to the Guangdong Tourism Bureau, more than 30,000 people travelled to Hong Kong from January 29 to February 1. Mainlanders came to the city mainly for shopping, sightseeing and visiting relatives. Du Deyan, whose grandmother and uncle live in Hong Kong, spends her Lunar New Year holidays in the city every year. 'Hong Kong has a good atmosphere when celebrating the Lunar New Year. It is fun to be here,' she said. Many mainlanders came with their families to visit relatives in Hong Kong. An office worker from Hunan province said her parents always dreamed of visiting Hong Kong, so she brought them here during the Lunar New Year holidays. Group tours of Hong Kong organised by travel agencies were very popular among Guangdong visitors. To attract more business, they offered price cuts and flexible travel schedules. Customers were allowed to register just one day before departure. The economic slump is actually encouraging mainlanders to visit Hong Kong. Li Yu, who works in a leather factory in Panyu , said: 'Joining a tour group to Hong Kong cost only a few hundred yuan. If I returned to my hometown, it would have cost me thousands of yuan so I prefer to tour Hong Kong with my girlfriend during the Lunar New Year holidays to save some money.'