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Agencies shrug off closure

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 March, 1998, 12:00am

Tour agencies predict an Easter boom despite the recent closure of Cruise Holiday & Travel.

Some agencies said prospects remained good, although the industry's representative body warned travellers to choose agencies carefully.

Eddie Kwan, the director of Miramar Express' cruising and in-bound tours section, said Cruise Holiday was an isolated case, and its closure was not expected to hurt the sector.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said none of the travellers who had booked with Cruise Holiday would lose out.

'Having said that, I would ask travellers to choose agencies carefully and make sure they are issued proper vouchers so that they will be compensated in case of closure,' Mr Tung said.

Twenty-two travel agencies shut last year, according to the Travel Agent Registry.


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