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  1. 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 ... but spend most of their time being shuttled between shops and pressured to make purchases. The Hong Kong Travel Industry Council has issued guidelines to tour agencies and licensed guides reminding ...

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

    Consumers fume at misleading listings for Hong Kong's hotels

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 06:07am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Consumers fume at misleading hotel ads The internet has become the tool of choice for most people planning a visit to Hong Kong to reserve their accommodation, ... outlawing any guest houses being run in buildings that banned commercial activities. In 2000, Li's federation had suggested employing the internationally recognised star-rating system in Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1625286/consumers-fume-misleading-listings-city-hotels
  3. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Mainland Chinese group tours to Hong Kong up 90pc despite mass protests

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 06:30am by Amy Nip

    ... of mainland group tours to Hong Kong has almost doubled despite the Occupy Central protests that are affecting business and transport. From October 1 to 22, an average of 380 groups visited the city ... National Tourism Administration denied issuing any directive banning tours to Hong Kong, saying it had only advised agencies to "be careful" given the situation. The dramatic increase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1623342/mainland-chinese-group-tours-hong-kong-90pc-despite-mass-protests
  4. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Cruise visitors double- but more are wanted

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

    ... are wanted The Tourism Board is encouraging cruise companies to deploy more vessels to Hong Kong after passenger numbers more than doubled in the first nine months of the year. The number of cruise passengers who set off from, arrived at or stopped off in Hong Kong from January to September was 294,075, the board said, citing Immigration Department figures, up from 136,000 for the same period ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1644775/cruise-visitors-double-more-are-wanted
  5. Business - China Business - TOURISM

    Mainland Chinese tourists bypass Hong Kong in favour of Taiwan

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 04:13am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... a surge in visitors from the mainland, boosting the island's tourism industry and the airlines that serve it, under the shadow of the street protests in Hong Kong. The number of mainlanders visiting the island soared more than 70 per cent over the week-long National Day break from a year earlier. Hong Kong, beset by the impact from the Occupy Central protests, managed only a 6.8 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1615294/mainland-chinese-tourists-bypass-hong-kong-favour-taiwan
  6. News - China - TOURISM

    Shoppers' paradise on Hainan Island gives Hong Kong a run for its money

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 04:14am by He Huifeng

    ... a holiday in Hong Kong, but changed her mind on hearing of big promotions offered at the Haitang Bay mall. Following the mall's opening on September 1, Sanya has set itself up to rival Hong ... "In future, we will make sure our prices are competitive with Hong Kong by launching promotions frequently at times such as Christmas and Lunar New Year." Customers shopping ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1608458/shoppers-paradise-hainan-island-gives-hong-kong-run-its-money
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - TOURISM

    China urged to further ease inbound travel to boost global tourism

    Posted Nov 12th 2014, 05:50am by Langi Chiang

    ... Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. Lawless said he welcomed Beijing's latest step to allow 72-hour visa-free stays to transit passengers from 51 countries including the United Arab Emirates, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1637561/china-urged-further-ease-inbound-travel-boost-global
  8. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Low yen makes Japan the No 1 destination for Hongkongers

    Posted Nov 05th 2014, 03:36am by Amy Nip

    ... demand to exchange yen, driving the currency up by about 0.5 per cent yesterday- the biggest gain in the past three weeks, Bloomberg reported. The rate of the yen to the Hong Kong dollar ... HK$5,799, several hundred Hong Kong dollars more than last year. "But for those who shop a lot, they don't mind the slight increase in tour fees as they gain more from the weaker ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1632060/low-yen-makes-japan-no-1-destination-hongkongers
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Cruise terminal under fire despite extra berthings

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 04:48am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... yesterday that 55 calls had been booked for next year and that one line planned to base a new ship in Hong Kong in a year or two. Yung told the Legislative Council's economic development panel the move reflected a growing interest and confidence in the Asian market among cruise lines. "Our objective remains … to turn Hong Kong into a cruise hub in the Asia-Pacific region," he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1626176/cruise-terminal-under-fire-despite-extra-berthings
  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Inspectors check in first so you can have a nice stay

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 06:07am by Amy Nip

    ... Guide- and rated the Hong Kong hotels in 2008. The book, which is akin to an extended version of the restaurant-oriented Michelin guide, assesses hotels, restaurants and spas based on a five-star ... to oppose any unfavourable score, says Qu. "Some very famous Hong Kong hotels did not meet the high score," he recalls. So to reconfirm the first inspector's rating, the company sent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1625269/inspectors-check-first-so-you-can-have-nice-stay

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