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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. Travel boom triggers cash flood

    Posted May 04th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... especially to Europe, not to carry fake products for fear of having them confiscated by customs inspectors on their arrival. An estimated 5,000 mainland tourists will visit Taiwan this week, ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai Golden Week will see 320 million Chinese tourists boost spending and help ease the pressure on yuan Economists have been telling the State Council ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. Venture capital

    Posted Jul 11th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... number of mainland visitors, among them groups from Wenzhou. Unlike other mainland tourists, they do not want to go sightseeing or shopping but demand a free schedule so that they can look ... industry and widespread smuggling of people. One-third of the population, more than two million people, are in private business, the highest proportion on the mainland and probably the world; 95 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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