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  1. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Mystery deepens over giant Hong Kong ferris wheel overlooking harbour

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 05:46am by Amy Nip

    ... wheel revolution A plan for a giant sightseeing ferris wheel to be built overlooking Hong Kong's harbour is shrouded in secrecy, even though a patch of land has been allocated on which ... the eaermarked site behind Central Ferry Piers 9 and 10, reading 'Hong Kong Observation Wheel', which include the sponsor's name Swiss AEX. Swiss AEX, which is recorded in the Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1465974/mystery-deepens-over-delay-ferris-wheel-year-after-contract-awarded
  2. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    CY Leung hints at new controls on Hong Kong’s growing tourism numbers

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 05:08pm by Tony Cheung

    ... Zhang Dejiang, Beijing's official in charge of Hong Kong affairs, urged the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the National Tourism Administration to work with Hong ... cities to visit Hong Kong without joining tour groups. Last year, the number of visitors rose 11.7 per cent to 54 million. They included 41 million from the mainland- with more than half arriving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464737/government-exploring-ways-control-citys-tourism-growth-says-chief
  3. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    'Forced shopping' tours of Hong Kong back as mainland organisers find loophole

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:35am by Danny Mok and Eddie Lee

    ... by state broadcaster CCTV. The mainland banned such tours to Hong Kong and Macau- in which visitors receive free or cheap hotel stays and transport but spend most of their time being shuttled between shops and pressured to make purchases- in October. Michael Wu Siu-ieng, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, said the undercover report suggested tour organisers had found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462831/forced-shopping-back-tour-firms-find-loophole-mainland-rules
  4. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    China officials considered Hong Kong travel alert over mainland visitor protests

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 03:59am by Stuart Lau, Jeffie Lam and Tanna Chong

    ... Stuart Lau, Jeffie Lam and Tanna Chong Anti-mainlander protests prompted officials to confer with Exco member Hong Kong travel alert ‘considered’ It crossed the minds of mainland officials to issue a travel alert against Hong Kong in the wake of local protests that targeted visitors from across the border, a Beijing loyalist revealed yesterday. Executive councillor Cheng Yiu-tong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1452645/mainland-officials-considered-hong-kong-travel-alert-says-executive
  5. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Waiting times at Hong Kong theme parks rise as tourism increases

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:33am by Amy Nip

    ... Kong continues to rise, the biggest challenge for the city's theme parks is to ensure everyone has their share of fun without having to wait too long. Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland saw their annual attendance figures exceed six million in 2012, but both had yet to reach their maximum capacity, a government assessment of Hong Kong's tourism capacity concluded. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1413797/waiting-times-hong-kong-theme-parks-rise-tourism-increases
  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tourism Board expects 59m visitors to Hong Kong this year, 45m from mainland

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 01:06pm by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Tourist numbers projected to continue growing, but at a slightly slower rate than last year, as city is urged to plan ahead Hong Kong will see about 59 million ... are related to tourism. We need to find a balance.” Facing a growing influx of visitors – projected by the government to reach 100 million a year in 2023 – it is necessary for Hong Kong to plan ahead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1430215/tourism-board-expects-59-million-visitors-hong-kong-45-million-mainland
  7. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hong Kong's first Gran Fondo cycling race to be launched in October

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:59am by Amy Nip

    ... athletes and amateurs will be launched in the city in October. The first Gran Fondo Hong Kong will have three categories- professional, semi-professional and amateur- covering distances of 60, 40 and 20 kilometres. Tourism Board executive director Anthony Lau Chun-hon said two routes are being considered, one going from Hong Kong Island through the Western Harbour Tunnel to Kowloon side, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1430664/hong-kongs-first-gran-fondo-cycling-race-be-launched-october
  8. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tourists become tailors in scheme to revive Hong Kong’s ailing industry

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 11:02am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Tourists will receive masterclasses in bow-tie making as part of a new scheme aimed at reviving Hong Kong’s tailoring industry. They will receive expert tips, ... also helps to rehabilitate drug users and provide work for the mentally disabled. “We hope to help revive the tailoring business in Hong Kong,” said Sonia Chan She-wan, chief executive officer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1419775/tourists-become-tailors-scheme-revive-hong-kongs-ailing-industry
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Annual tourists to Hong Kong could rise to 70 million in three years, commission says

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 06:31pm by AMY NIP AND THOMAS CHAN

    ... in a decade Hong Kong could receive 70 million tourists annually within three years and 100 million within a decade, mostly from the mainland, according to Secretary for Commerce and Economic ... and public transport indicated the increase would not overwhelm capacity in 2017 but did not mention the effect in 2023. As Hong Kong was an open port, "we cannot and should not set a limit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1407779/visitor-numbers-can-rise-70m-three-years-commission-says
  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    'Patriotic' protest leaves mainland Chinese visitors bemused

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 05:05am by Ernest Kao, LO WEI

    ... blared through the streets of Causeway Bay yesterday as dozens of people dressed in Red Guard uniforms staged a tongue-in-cheek protest against the influx of mainland visitors to Hong Kong ... by urging the visitors to "be patriotic" and return to the mainland for their shopping. "Coming to Hong Kong to buy foreign goods is treachery," group chairman Barry Ma shouted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1450190/patriotic-protest-leaves-mainland-chinese-visitors-bemused

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