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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong should capitalise on mainland tourism growth, says Leung Chun-ying

    Posted Sep 16th 2013, 08:27pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... said that, for this reason, the central government had not expanded the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS) that has for years allowed residents of 49 mainland cities to visit Hong Kong on their own. ... said the IVS had benefitted Hong Kong since it was introduced 10 years ago but the mainland would review the scheme if its present scale was beyond Hong Kong’s capacity.  “The scheme ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Individual visit scheme to Hong Kong 'shouldn't be expanded', says tourism chief

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Tourism chief wants cap on visitor scheme No more mainland cities should be added to the individual visit scheme until Hong Kong has the infrastructure to cope ... now allows 270 million residents of 49 mainland cities to visit Hong Kong in an individual capacity rather than in tour groups. "Hong Kong should be given the time to improve our ...

  3. News - Hong Kong

    Hongkongers want solo travel scheme scaled down

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 06:31pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit The individual visit scheme for mainland tourists should be scaled down because of its negative impact on the city, according to half the Hongkongers surveyed in a poll ... economic benefits along with adverse impacts since its introduction in 2003, researchers said. The solo travel scheme lets mainland tourists visit the city individually instead of in groups. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - MAINLAND VISITORS

    New Shenzhen visitor plan to be re-assessed

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 07:28pm by Lai Ying-kit and Amy Nip

    ... multiple-visit visas under the Individual Visit Scheme. Leung said a group of Hong Kong officials would meet their mainland counterparts in the coming three weeks to discuss the new scheme’s impact ... a better idea of reasonable numbers when issuing permits. Individual Visit Scheme permits were previously available only to Shenzhen’s 2.8 million holders of hukou or residents’ permits. ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - Visa relaxation

    New Territories residents protest Shenzhen influx

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 05:45pm

    ... The plan announced by Shenzhen last week will allow 4.1 million of its non-permanent residents to visit Hong Kong on multiple-entry permits under the individual visit scheme. Earlier on Wednesday, ... Lai Ying-kit Residents from the New Territories on Wednesday protested outside the government’s headquarters in Admiralty against Shenzhen’s plan to allow non-residents to visit Hong Kong ...

  6. Four more cities to join individual visit scheme

    Posted Oct 13th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Four more mainland cities with a combined population of almost 30 million will be included in the individual visit scheme from November 1, although the number of extra tourists ... million mainland visitors travelling under the scheme, which permits residents of designated cities to visit as individuals rather than as tour group members. The scheme brought in about $6.5 ...

  7. Individual visit scheme extended, yuan limits relaxed

    Posted Oct 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 3.21pm: Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen on Wednesday announced an extension to the individual visit scheme for mainlanders coming to Hong Kong as well ... central authorities will soon finalise the arrangements and make an official announcement,? he said. Mr Tsang said that from November 1, the Individual Visit Scheme would be extended to four ...

  8. Individual visit scheme to be expanded to Peal River Delta capitals: Ip

    Posted Feb 28th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... STAFF REPORTERS Updated at 6.35pm: The government was planning to extend the Individual Visit Scheme to include as many as 220 million mainlanders, Secretary for Economic Development ... 'The Individual Visit Scheme under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, [Cepa] provides the flexibility for citizens of 38 of the mainland's biggest cities to visit Hong Kong ...

  9. Six cities in Guangdong join solo tourist list

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... for mainland tourists are relaxed for six cities in Guangdong from tomorrow. They will join a list of 10 mainland cities which are already part of the individual visit scheme. Making the announcement ... increase in tourists. 'We welcome the extension of the individual visit scheme to other Guangdong cities which will further benefit local tourism, the retail and other related ...

  10. State of union

    Posted Nov 19th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... to an ever-changing situation. They blamed relaxed visa regulations for mainlanders coming to Hong Kong. Specifically, they pointed to the Individual Visit Scheme. The scheme allows tourists to forego package ... to the SAR were from the mainland and a third arrived under the Individual Visa Scheme. In the same period last year, 5.64 million visited, while the total for 2003 was 8.47 million. There have been ...




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