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  1. Mainland visitor numbers rise thanks to marketing

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Keith Chan Dubai has seen strong growth in the number of visitors from the mainland with the number of hotel guests growing 42 per cent to 152,100 last year and a further 57 per cent ... of its guests were from the mainland. Hong Kong is a more established market for Dubai, although the number of hotel guests from the city was little changed last year at 20,200, and a 22 per cent ...

  2. Hong Kong must curb bad tour guides or we risk losing mainland visitors

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... regulations to stop unscrupulous tour guides from fleecing tourists. You read reports of guides forcing mainland visitors to buy souvenirs they do not want, or electrical equipment that does not work, ... I wish to express my views on the tourist industry in Hong Kong. After signing the agreement permitting independent visits by mainland tourists to Hong Kong, both the number of tourists ...

  3. Mainland fair visitors shop up a storm

    Posted Sep 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... received 217,000 non-local exhibition visitors, with 34 per cent from the mainland, up from 20 per cent in 2006. While retailers may rejoice at this ever-larger proportion of mainlanders, hotel ... ranged from HK$7,900 to HK$8,300. 'Mainland visitors are heavily biased to retail spending,' KPMG's Thomas Stanley said. Meanwhile, the five-year-old venue's market share ...

  4. Taiwan makes grab for mainland visitors

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... destinations for visitors.' Economic growth and appreciation of the yuan prompted a record high of 122,893 mainlanders to visit Hong Kong on April 30. The three-day Labour Day 'golden ... Amy Nip At weekends in Times Square it has become more common to hear Putonghua than Cantonese since Hong Kong launched its individual travel scheme for mainlanders. But the city faces ...

  5. Mainland visitors each spending HK$12,000

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Mainland visitors spend an average of HK$12,000 during their stay in Hong Kong, a survey found. Nearly 60 per cent of that will be spent in shops, mainly on purchases ... research firm which interviewed more than 500 mainland visitors towards the end of last year. Almost two-thirds arrived during National Day Golden Week in October with the rest visiting over ...

  6. Mainland visitors sold on new tour guide rules

    Posted Feb 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau The new guidelines for mainland tour guides appear to have had an auspicious start yesterday. On the first day of the new rule coming into effect, no tourists complained of being forced to buy items, and all guides appeared to be professional and polite. Mainland tourists said there was a big improvement in terms of service after the introduction of the new ...

  7. Long list of don'ts for solo visitors

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and don'ts being issued to solo mainland tourists in Taiwan. To prevent this new class of mainland tourists- who are not part of group tours- from 'getting into trouble' during their brief visits to the island, Taiwanese authorities have issued 11 taboos for them to observe. The restrictions, issued after Taiwan lifted its ban on visits by solo mainland tourists late last month, ...

  8. Tourism industry looks forward to solo visitors

    Posted Jun 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the opening for group visits by mainland tourists in 2008, so far there have been 1.1 million visits made by those visitors to these two places, and we expect there will be more after mainland ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwan's tourism industry has reacted positively to the planned opening of the island to visits by individual mainland tourist from ...

  9. Game show visitors rise; Sony cleans up

    Posted Dec 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... more.' Mainlanders accounted for an estimated 70 per cent of Sony's sales, Hong said. The show attracted more women than normal, and they made up as much as 30 per cent of all visitors ... Kong government's HK$6,000 cash handouts to permanent residents, and enthusiastic shoppers from the mainland. 'Mainland shoppers are spending on average HK$5,000 each,' Hong ...

  10. Law to hit visitors working illegally

    Posted Dec 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com The top legislature has begun discussing a draft law aimed at cracking down on foreigners illegally entering, working or staying on the mainland. The law ... and technological benefit.' Ong said it also might improve relations between China and other countries. As its economy has boomed over the past three decades, the mainland has been attracting more ...




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