Travel agency quizzed

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2007, 12:00am

The Travel Industry Council is investigating a local travel agency for escorting a tour group without prior registration with the authority.

Members of the tour group said the travel agency, Pegasus International Travel, forced the 70-plus mainland tourists, who were on a four-day package from Shenzhen to Hong Kong, to shop all day in a jewellery shop in To Kwa Wan.

Some tourists said they did not receive an itinerary. Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said he contacted the agency and found it did not register the tour information with the council beforehand, a requirement since August. 'The travel agency said they were handling so many tours ahead of the golden week that they forgot to report it to us,' Mr Tung said. The council told the company to give a justified reason within 14 days or face a HK$50,000 fine.

Hong Kong's tourism industry was dealt a severe blow earlier this year when mainland media revealed some shops in the city sold fakes or low-quality goods to mainland tourists who were forced to go shopping for long periods at designated places.