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  1. It's mainlanders fleecing mainland tourists in HK

    Posted Feb 10th 2011, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The junior tour guides are hired locally perhaps, but everything else- tour vendors, jewellery, the jewellery shops, tourist hotels and even buses- are directly mainland owned or direct the bulk ... can really do is remind ourselves that the problem is restricted to mainland tours, that we are not beneficiaries, and that these tourists invite it on themselves with their low tour payments. ...

  2. Solo mainland tourist numbers disappoint

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Wang Tsung-wei, a cab driver in Taipei, has yet to give a ride to a single mainland tourist, despite expectations of a surge of visitors after a ban on individual travellers was lifted on June 28. 'The government said our business would increase when it allowed solo mainland tourists to visit, but where are they?' Wang ...

  3. Mainland tourists being taken for a ride

    Posted Apr 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of opportunities to see the real Hong Kong with its wide range of attractions. Yet, tour companies remain who still seem to think that mainland tourists are somehow different, less worldly or demanding ... but if further proof is required, a survey by the tourism authority on the mainland can provide it. According to the survey, the most common complaint received by mainland tourists to Hong Kong involves ...

  4. Hainan to lure mainland tourists with duty-free shopping

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... attract mainland tourists who wanted to buy imported goods. A cap would be placed, however- 5,000 yuan (HK$5,925) of duty-free goods per shopping trip- and each person would be limited to two ... Mainlanders made up 96 per cent of the island's tourists. Tourism revenue surged 20.7 per cent year-on-year to 22.9 billion yuan.There were no plans to raise the cap on the amount tourists could ...

  5. Diary of an undercover mainland tourist in HK

    Posted Mar 07th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Mandy Zuo It was 9am, the busiest part of the day at the Huanggang border crossing into Hong Kong. Mainland tourists were being gathered and hustled along to enter the city renowned ... at the starting point, Guangzhou. Mainland tourists cannot join a Hong Kong agency's tour directly; they must join a tour organised by a mainland agency, which subcontracts it to a Hong Kong company. ...

  6. Aggrieved mainland tourist changes tune

    Posted Feb 07th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung A tourist from Anhui province who allegedly fought with his Hong Kong tour guide after being verbally abused has changed his story, saying it was 'all a misunderstanding'. The twist came hours after the tourist, his wife and their guide were released on police bail after being arrested and charged with fighting in a public area on Saturday. The mainland ...

  7. Mainlanders set for solo Taiwan travel

    Posted Jan 04th 2011, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau Mainland tourists will be allowed to travel individually to Taiwan from April in yet another sign of warming cross-strait ties. Mainland media reported that authorities on both ... people are earning better salaries than the rest of the country, but not many can comply with the minimum annual income requirement,' Lu said. Mainland tourists have been allowed to visit ...

  8. Taiwan pledges to improve tourist safety after Beijing shows concern

    Posted May 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan has vowed to improve tourism safety after a senior mainland official expressed concern over the rising number of accidents involving mainland tourists. 'With so many mainland tourists visiting Taiwan every year, their safety is an issue of concern for both sides of the Taiwan Strait and we will step up efforts to improve tourism safety,' ...

  9. Hong Kong must curb bad tour guides or we risk losing mainland visitors

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I wish to express my views on the tourist industry in Hong Kong. After signing the agreement permitting independent visits by mainland tourists to Hong Kong, both the number of tourists ... regulations to stop unscrupulous tour guides from fleecing tourists. You read reports of guides forcing mainland visitors to buy souvenirs they do not want, or electrical equipment that does not work, ...

  10. Taiwan under pressure over safety for tourists

    Posted Apr 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei With more mainland tourists set to visit Taiwan in the next few months, Taiwanese authorities have come under pressure to improve the safety of tourist facilities after Wednesday's train accident in which five people were killed. Five mainland tourists- two from Shangdong, two from Sichuan and one from Guangdong- died when carriages overturned after ...




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