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  1. Taiwan to double mainland tourist quota for May holiday

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam Taiwan will temporarily double its daily quota for mainland tourists to meet rising demand during the Labour Day holiday next month. The island will also extend the length ... as the number of mainland tourists was expected to surge during the three-day May Day weekend. The daily limits would be reduced to 3,000 in June. He said surplus cross-straits tourist quotas from past ...

  2. Tokyo's shopping districts see an increasing number of mainland tourists as Japan eases travel restrictions

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... government eased regulations on Chinese tourists, the latest gradual relaxation in visa rules that saw the number of mainlanders visiting Japan hit a record one million last year. That figure ... the tourism minister, said after meeting his Chinese counterpart last month. Tourist visas were first granted to mainlanders in 2000, and only then if they travelled in tightly organised tour groups. ...

  3. Taiwan eases curbs on tourism by individuals

    Posted Jul 24th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan will allow individual mainland tourists who have worked in Hong Kong or Macau for at least a year to visit the island, and the scheme is expected to start as soon as next month. The latest plan- a further step towards opening Taiwan to individual mainland tourists- is expected to generate NT$11.3 billion (HK$2.7 billion) in extra tourism revenue. ...

  4. City under fire for 'favouring foreigners'

    Posted Jul 01st 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam A city in Henan province famed for its World Heritage site has been criticised for discriminating against mainlanders by allowing foreigners in for free but not giving Chinese ... than 92 per cent of about 20,000 voters opposed the scheme, and 36 per cent urged the authorities to explain why mainland taxpayers could not also enjoy free admission. Tourism authorities ...

  5. Tourists lose in 'fake' art contest in Taipei

    Posted Feb 13th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan's tour operators have cautioned mainland authorities over a rise in fraud following an incident in which mainland visitors paid for a trip to what they said was a bogus international art contest. 'There have been reports that either mainland or Taiwanese people have been cheated by so-called tour operators from the mainland,' said ...

  6. Tourist survey holds surprises

    Posted Dec 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kong received the highest scores from tourists from the Americas, at 78.43. Mainlanders rated it at 74.32, and less happy were those from Japan and South Korea (66.27) and Taiwan and Macau (66.33). Enjoyable trip? Mainland tourists' satisfaction rate (out of 100) Transport: 79.9 Immigration: 76.7 Attractions: 73.9 Shopping: 73.2 Hotels: 72.4 Restaurants: 69.4 Souce: Polytechnic ...

  7. Local brokers train sights on Japanese tourists

    Posted Jul 17th 2009, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... traded for Japanese based in Hong Kong, many local brokers are now gearing up to target the Japanese tourist market, hoping for the same high reward they have received from stock-hungry mainland tourists. Large numbers of mainland tourists have opened stock-trading accounts while visiting Hong Kong over the past few years. They then trade over the internet when they return home. Hong Kong ...

  8. Toppled tower is Shanghai's newest tourist draw

    Posted Jul 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was well-known around the mainland and would be of interest to tourists. 'I think people are curious about it because few of us will see a building collapse like that again in our lifetime,' he ... Lilian Zhang Bored of the Bund? Tired of the Pearl Tower? Shanghai has a new tourist destination- the 13-storey apartment building that spectacularly toppled over last month. A travel ...

  9. Tens of thousands of cancelled trips big blow to summer tourist season

    Posted Jul 10th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... to say when tourists will return.' Around 363,000 overseas tourists and 21.9 million mainlanders visited the area last year, generating more than 20.6 billion yuan (HK$23.4 billion), and accounting for 6.8 per cent of economic activity in the region. Xinjiang's tourism bureau said it had prepared to welcome 490,000 visitors from abroad and 24.16 million from the mainland ...

  10. Wanted: ways to lure more tourists to visit Tibet

    Posted Sep 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen If you have ever been a tourist in Lhasa, Tibet , there are things that may make you nervous, such as a suspicious-looking Tibet Entry Permit and plain-clothes police ... infrastructure but also address 'soft barriers' that in the past have hindered tourists, especially those from overseas. Until now foreigners have been forbidden from participating in any ...




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