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  1. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tourists at risk in thousands of illegal guest houses in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by Ernest Kao and Amy Nip

    ... houses scattered across the city operate without a licence, a study has found. The study comes after a fire in a North Point building filled with guest houses left 25 injured in December. ... that governs guest houses. "We estimate that there are at least 2,000 unlicensed guest houses in operation and this equates to about 20,000 rooms," research assistant Kimberly Fung Wan-yin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577144/illegal-guest-houses-put-tourists-risk-and-deprive-low-income
  2. News - World - TOURISM

    Backlash in Barcelona against tourist invasion

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:45am by AFP

    ... of the finest spots in the city when Barcelona was renovated for the 1992 Olympic Games. But it has kept its local character, with the same deeply rooted community living in small houses. Now these locals say "tourist apartments" are driving up housing prices in their home district. "They are speculating with the apartments and rents are rising," said Pilar Lozano, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586685/backlash-barcelona-against-tourist-invasion
  3. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tour fees may change amid price-fixing fears

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Tour fees may change amid price-fixing fears Agencies may have to change their practice of charging extra service fees for tours because it may breach ... recommendation could be seen as price-fixing," Tung said. Price-fixing violates the Competition Ordinance, which comes into full effect next year. The directive states members of tour groups should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568553/tour-fees-may-change-amid-price-fixing-fears
  4. News - World - TOURISM

    California adapting to rising tide of tourists from China- now 1.8m a year

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 03:26am by AP

    ... and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. They also enjoy trying American foods- steak is the big favourite- and taking advantage of cheaper prices to buy many designer goods. "It's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581352/california-adapting-rising-tide-tourists-china-now-18m-year
  5. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hong Kong authorities seek to tighten rules on guest houses

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 03:14am by Amy Nip, Jennifer Ngo

    ... Amy Nip and Jennifer Ngo Proposed law changes will plug guest-house licensing loopholes and give government more power to crack down on illegal accommodation Move to tighten the rules on hostels The city is considering plugging a loophole in the law that has seen about 200 guest houses licensed by the government, even though they are in buildings that do not allow temporary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1546951/hong-kong-authorities-seek-tighten-rules-guest-houses
  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Shopping mall wants to build Hong Kong's first zip line on The Peak

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:35pm by Amy Nip

    ... Morning Post inquiry on pricing and other details. The public can submit their comments to the board until August 26. Flightlinez is a division of Canadian company Greenheart, which operates zip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567662/shopping-mall-wants-build-hong-kongs-first-zip-line-peak
  7. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Crackdown launched on travel agents offering 'forced shopping' trips

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 06:25pm by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Tung said. "But in the long run, mainland tourists need to be educated on why they should not take petty advantages, thinking they can travel for free to Hong Kong only for the price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554133/travel-industry-council-step-checks-amid-resurgence-forced-shopping
  8. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    'Improvements' to Hong Kong multi-entry permits eyed, Greg So says after Beijing talks

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 04:25am by Emily Tsang and Phoenix Kwong

    ... and shops serving locals being priced out of some parts of the city. A group formed by residents in North District says the multiple-entry permit, introduced in 2009, should be scrapped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539236/improvements-hong-kong-multi-entry-permits-eyed-greg-so-says-after
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Cruise lines riding a wave of popularity in sea travel

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:10am by Amy Nip

    ... and five continents and visit 28 destinations in 18 countries and regions in 83 days. Wing On Travel, which sells both individual travel packages and guided group tours for the trip, said prices ... shorter, cheaper trips to Taiwan and Hainan are the norm. "We would like to attract self-employed businessmen and retirees," he said. The cruise trip has an appealing price, he added, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1537159/cruise-lines-riding-wave-popularity-sea-travel
  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hit TV shows driving rise in visits to South Korea

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 05:20am by Patsy Moy

    ... and its lower prices compared to Japan, Tung said. A package tour to Japan would cost about HK$7,000- at least 40 per cent more than a similar tour to Korea would cost. His view was shared ... and different airlines meant prices for flights and tour packages would remain reasonable. Huen estimated a five-day package tour to South Korea would cost some HK$5,000 per person, which is about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1523355/hit-tv-shows-driving-rise-visits-south-korea

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