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  1. Wish you were here

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Taiwan's tourist industry hopes that the trickle of mainlanders will turn into a flood with the start of daily cross-strait flights this week, writes Mark O'Neill The start of direct flights across the Taiwan Strait for the first time in 59 years was supposed to lead to a flood of mainland tourists to the island- but, so far, it has been more of a stream. Daily direct ...

  2. Once despised, yuan comes into neighbours' embrace

    Posted Jan 10th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... abroad. Last year, more than 25 million mainland tourists left the country. As from January 1, each can take 20,000 yuan, compared with the previous limit of 6,000 yuan. In a survey late last year ... a major regional currency, although it is not fully convertible. If the mainland economy continues the growth of the past 20 years, the yuan will become one of the major global currencies. ...

  3. Early approval for travel agent

    Posted Jul 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... approval for one company and only to handle incoming tourists visiting the mainland. ...

  4. Monaco offers life in the fast lane

    Posted Dec 01st 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Prince Albert of Monaco wants to lure mainlanders to Monte Carlo, where they can watch the likes of German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, instead of going to Macau's Sands and Lisboa casinos. The prince arrived in Shanghai at the weekend heading the biggest business delegation from Europe's ultra-chic tourist and gambling destination. ...

  5. In from the cold

    Posted Sep 29th 2008, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... it is the mainland's biggest tourist attraction. Wu had the book published in early 2005, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the museum and sent it, via the head of the United Front Department, ... of the first modern armies established on the mainland. Wu Dianying wrote the training manuals, with classes in history, drafting, training in artillery and use of advanced equipment, and insisted ...

  6. Heady plans for pristine island

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Officials of the central and Guangdong governments unveiled an ambitious plan yesterday to transform a sleepy island next to Macau into an international tourist ... and help diversify the tourist base of Macau into activities other than gambling. Hengqin last year had 4,000 residents, gross domestic product of 400 million yuan (HK$454.6 million) and an average ...

  7. World at their feet

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... England, jailed a Malaysian Chinese, Martin Moo, 59, for seven years after he smuggled more than 300 mainlanders into Britain on tourist visas so they could work in fast-food restaurants. ... After decades of exploitation, danger and secrecy, Chinese authorities are trying to improve regulations for mainlanders employed overseas, writes Mark O'Neill Last year eight million ...

  8. French not au fait with needs of Chinese tourists

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mainland visitors have reached record numbers but not all officials are happy Wearing a yellow T-shirt and short skirt, Christine Leblanc is giving away free samples of Christian Breton ... appreciated in France, which receives more tourists than any other country - last year 76 million people. But the September 11 attacks, a fear of terrorism and the fall of the US dollar have cut ...

  9. Chinese turning into top buyers of luxury goods

    Posted May 12th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... were sold within the mainland. In Europe, the average Chinese traveller spent Euro550 ($5,525), the report estimated, about the same as Japanese tourists spend. By comparison, the average ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai Goldman report says mainlanders will represent 20pc of industry sales by 2010 China may save the world's luxury goods industry, just as it has rescued ...

  10. Transfer of mainland airports offers foreign investors a piece of the pie

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... The transfer of nearly 100 mainland airports to their local governments will make it easier for foreign companies to buy a minority stake in the facilities and for domestic private firms to buy 100 per cent of small ones, officials say. But the dilemma for potential investors is how to turn the loss-making assets around, when less than 10 per cent of the mainland's 140 ...




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