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  1. Visitors shun mainland after quake

    Posted Jun 04th 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The Sichuan earthquake has discouraged Hong Kong holidaymakers from visiting the mainland, including provinces not affected by the quake, the travel industry says. Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said inquiries and bookings for mainland tours had dropped by 30 to 50 per cent since the disaster hit Sichuan three weeks ago. 'The ...

  2. Arrivals from mainland fuel surge in Hong Kong visitors

    Posted Jan 28th 2005, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan Fuelled by surging arrivals from the mainland, visitor numbers rebounded strongly last year from the twin effects of Sars and the economic woes of recent years. Total arrivals shot up 40 per cent over Sars-plagued 2003 to 21.8 million, more than a third higher than the 16.57 million in 2002. Mainland arrivals leapt to 12.25 million last year, 45 per cent up on 2003 ...

  3. Visitors from across strait give Grand Hotel new lease on life

    Posted Dec 18th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Visitors from the mainland have overtaken the Japanese as the main guests of the most famous hotel in Taiwan, pushing the occupancy rate to more than 75 per cent ... The hotel's age and location outside the city centre also played a role in its troubles. However, a change has come and it is thanks to tourism. 'This year, mainland visitors account for 70 per ...

  4. Warning of worsening congestion as visitor arrivals hit record 36m

    Posted Jan 08th 2011, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... mainland tourists continued be the main source of visitors, jumping 27 per cent to 22.5 million or 63 per cent of total arrivals last year. They also spent more. In the first six months last year, ... visitors from the mainland, short-haul arrivals rose 16.5 per cent to 8.7 million. Long-haul arrivals increased 9.6 per cent to 4.8 million. New tourist events will be staged this year. ...

  5. City aims to lure back Mice visitors

    Posted Mar 27th 2009, 12:00am by Prudence Lui

    ... Prudence Lui Last year, Hong Kong hosted 1.17million meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) visitors but, due to a mix of unfavourable factors on the mainland ... However, the city maintained a balanced portfolio of Mice visitors, with one third from the mainland, one third from short-haul markets, and the balance from long-haul markets. Anthony Lau, HKTB ...

  6. Visitors flock to a recuperating Asia-Pacific

    Posted Jun 13th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bailey

    ... in the first quarter was above the average annual rate of 6 per cent since 2000. The largest growth from January to March was in the number of visitors travelling to the mainland from all market ... and Valuair. bulldozing the border The mainland's tourism bulldozer is putting to shame all other visitor markets for Hong Kong. In the first quarter, the mainland share of visitors reached almost ...

  7. Visa restrictions a great wall for foreign visitors

    Posted Jul 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... risk consultancy Pacific Strategies and Assessments. Beijing is still expecting about half a million foreign visitors over the course of the Olympics, according to state media. Last year, the capital had 4.4 million overseas visitors- including those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan- and 140 million domestic tourists. Despite reports that Beijing hotels are fully booked, industry ...

  8. Visitor forecast given a boost as funding rises

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bailey

    ... for mainland Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong during the first two months of this year were up 23 per cent. However, despite apparent euphoria in the industry, that was only 16 per cent higher than ... Murray Bailey The Hong Kong Tourism Board has increased its forecast for the number of visitors this year to 23.4 million from 22.9 million. It follows a comment in this column last month ...

  9. First mainlanders arrive in storm-hit Taiwan

    Posted Jul 19th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... on the island. The tourists were the first wave of visitors allowed into Taiwan under a new deal between Beijing and Taipei, which allows 3,000 mainlanders to visit per day. Their arrival was preceded ... reading: 'Welcome Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan nation.' Curious mainlanders watched as police blocked the activists from approaching visitors and taking away their banners. ...

  10. New bureau urged in travel row

    Posted Jul 24th 2010, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... last week when a video clip of a tour guide berating mainland visitors for not spending enough on a forced-shopping tour was broadcast across the mainland. Under pressure from the council, ... as a tourist destination has taken a hammering, particularly over tour guides forcing or pressuring mainland tour groups to spend at designated shops to earn commissions. Cheap inbound tour packages ...




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