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  1. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Yen for a cheap trip to Japan could cost more

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by Amy Nip

    ... agencies said. Wing On Travel deputy general manager Simon Ma Sai-man said that group tours to Japan would be 5 to 10 per cent more expensive than last year. "Hong Kong tourists wanting to see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589607/yen-cheap-trip-japan-could-cost-more
  2. 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

    ... tour groups under the 2007 agreement, said: "Until they've visited USA, they don't feel they've done their international travel yet," she said. "They need to see ... their single child, and school groups of teenagers visited each summer. Many tourists are eager to visit California's Disneyland Resort and take photographs at landmarks such as the Hollywood sign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581352/california-adapting-rising-tide-tourists-china-now-18m-year
  3. Business - Companies - TOURISM

    China Travel International profit up 107pc on sale of online travel agency

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 11:19am by Enoch Yiu

    ... of travellers and a one-off gain from selling a loss-making online travel agency. The group recorded a one-off gain of HK$420 million in June from the sale of Mangocity.com, an online travel agency which the group said had “been incurring losses for a long time and had failed to achieve synergies”. Excluding that gain and property valuation gains, the group said in its results announcement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1578330/china-travel-international-profit-107pc-sale-online-travel-agency
  4. 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

    ... not be found in the government's database of licences. The group said the number of unlicensed guesthouses reflected poor planning, with not enough land allocated for hotels. The guest houses also competed head-on for space with many of the city's lowest income households. "The impact of guest house operations is directly felt by this most vulnerable group," states ...

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

    Miramar Group advises against cutting back on mainland visitors

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:31am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Miramar opposes cut to mainland visitors A hospitality group controlled by billionaire Lee Shau-kee has opposed reducing the number of mainlanders allowed to use a scheme under which they can visit without joining a tour group. Cutting back on the individual visitor scheme would damage the city's reputation and economy, said Martin Lee ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1530314/miramar-group-advises-against-cutting-back-mainland-visitors
  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tour fees may change amid price-fixing fears

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

    ... the competition law. At present, travellers on group tours pay a fee before departure. They are then charged service fees- for escorts, local guides and drivers- at the end of the tour. Agencies follow a directive put out 10 years ago by the Travel Industry Council, recommending a maximum daily service fee for tour group members. It aimed to stop overcharging of tourists. But the council's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568553/tour-fees-may-change-amid-price-fixing-fears
  7. 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

    ... Fox got entangled in objections from government advisers and green groups. "After further study and discussion, the founders of Flying Fox decided to put the Hong Kong project on hold ...

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

    6,000 guests and 70 flights: 'Biggest Chinese tour group to US' touches down

    Posted May 26th 2014, 11:55am by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com Red carpets and special preparations made for 6,000 mainland visitors on a work-sponsored trip The largest Chinese tour group ever to head to the United ... direct-selling firm, Perfect (China) Company, known for rewarding its Chinese workers with free trips. The first group that arrived on Wednesday were taken on a shopping spree at South Coast Plaza, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1519618/biggest-chinese-tour-group-us-history-holidays-la
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Crackdown launched on travel agents offering 'forced shopping' trips

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

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Unscrupulous mainland travel firms now using fake tourists to bully tour groups into spending in shops after receiving cheap or free accommodation ... joins the tour group as a tourist who exerts pressure on others to shop," he said. The unlicensed agencies have little concern for the mainland law against the practice, he said. "Such ...

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

    Singapore launches tourism campaign in China after hit by MH370 mystery and Thai crisis

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 03:09pm by AFP

    ... by Singapore airport operator Changi Airport Group (CAG), the Singapore Tourism Board and Chinese and Singaporean travel agencies. The CAG said Changi handled 1.87 million passengers to and from China ... Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand on the same holiday as part of large tour groups, he said. Edward Chew, regional director for the Greater China region at the Singapore Tourism Board, said the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1539571/singapore-launches-campaign-encourage-chinese-tourism-after-hit-mh370

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