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  1. Mainlanders make April record for HK tourism

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Gary Cheung, Kelvin Chan

    ... in visitors from the mainland. And there was more good news yesterday, with a report saying the mainland's three northeastern provinces want to join the solo traveller scheme, which has spurred the southward flow of tourists. The Hong Kong Tourism Board said 1.74 million people visited Hong Kong in April, 330,000 more than ever before in that month, and three times the number who came last ...

  2. Competition hots up for mainland tourists

    Posted Sep 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... They wanted the business that mainland tourists can bring but were concerned about an increase in illegal immigration. In the end, the right decision was made. The benefits clearly outweigh the risks. ... for mainlanders. The new arrangements will mean that mainland tourists will be able to visit the European countries concerned as part of a private tour group. Previously visitors needed either a business ...

  3. Nevada poised to open mainland tourist office

    Posted May 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Nevada, seen by many gamblers as the holy land, is set to become the first US state to open a tourist office on the mainland. Pending approval, the office will open on June ... in Nevada. 'On average, a tourist from the mainland spends US$5,200 per person per trip,' said Bruce Bommarito, the executive director of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, adding ...

  4. Retailers need more than cash-flashing mainland tourists

    Posted Feb 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Stephen Craig

    ... Craig Stephen craig.stephen@scmp.com The dizzy chronicle of Hong Kong's retail revival at the hands of free-spending mainland tourists is being updated almost daily- first spending ... sales-tax-free regime means luxury consumer goods represent a good bargain for mainland tourists. But this tax-efficient shopping is narrowly focused. Other businesses such as food retailing, department ...

  5. Mainland tourists have spent $9m in HK since solo travel scheme began: reports

    Posted Apr 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... CHANDRA WONG Updated at 6.36pm: Mainland tourists have spent $9 billion in Hong Kong since the introduction of the solo travel scheme last July, the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said on Wednesday. Speaking in the Legislative Council Budget debate, Mr Ip said 1.65 million mainland visitors had come to Hong Kong under the individual visit scheme ...

  6. HK expects 7pc more New Year tourists from mainland

    Posted Jan 24th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan The number of mainland tourists visiting Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays will increase 7 per cent from last year, the Tourism Board predicts- though hotel bookings have yet to show any such increase. The growth would be due largely to an influx of tourists from Guangdong, the board said. As well as 200 tour groups from all parts of the mainland, more than ...

  7. Mainland tourists keep sales buoyant

    Posted Jun 08th 2004, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Shoppers spent $15.6 billion this April, the data shows. Announcing the figures, the government said there had been a rise in the number of high-spending mainland tourists and an increase in local ... the board,' said Mr Yu, whose association has 500 members with 5,000 stores. Indeed, sales of products favoured by mainland visitors shot up in April. The government said sales of jewellery, watches, ...

  8. Mainland tourists discover the lesser spotted sports fan

    Posted May 10th 2004, 12:00am by Tim Noonan

    ... they used in re-interpreting the Basic Law? Ah, poor thing. And such an uproar because only Mainland tourists have access to the panoramic viewing area of IFC 2? Hey people, a little perspective ... species known in these parts as Mainland tourists, (for the sake of expediency, let's call them MT's.) And on behalf of the sports community of Hong Kong, I would like to find a way ...

  9. Mainland tourists lift Sa Sa earnings

    Posted Jun 29th 2004, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... confidence for the year ahead, saying the influx of mainland tourists was boosting Hong Kong's retail sector. Sales for the first quarter grew 50 per cent over the same period last year, when ... rules for individuals. All retailers have benefited from the influx of mainland tourists and the recovery of consumer confidence,' he said after the results announcement. Sa Sa generated 40 ...

  10. Mainland tourists spend less in HK

    Posted Oct 05th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan Although more than 164,000 tourists from the mainland have visited Hong Kong during the first three days of the National Day holiday, a tourism industry leader says their individual spending is likely to be down. Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents chairman Michael Wu Siu-ieng said while total spending by tourists from the mainland may rise compared with last year ...




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