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  1. News - Hong Kong - National People’s Congress

    Beijing voices ‘concern’ over Hong Kong’s capacity for mainland tourists

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 06:22pm by Tony Cheung, JEFFIE LAM

    ... Beijing 'concern' over mainland visitors to HK Beijing's top official on Hong Kong affairs has acknowledged for the first time that the city's capacity for mainland tourists ... STANDING COMMITTEE Ip Kwok-him, a local NPC deputy who was in attendance, said the NPC chairman wanted to know what resources the city had, so as to ensure trips by mainland visitors were ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    SCMP Debate: can HK accommodate any more mainland visitors?

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Last year, tourism receipts exceeded HK$263 billion. Few would deny that the phenomenal surge in mainland visitors has, in general, brought significant economic benefits to Hong Kong. As important as mainland visitors are, however, the Hong Kong Tourism Board is committed to maintaining a balanced portfolio of visitors, in line with our city's image as a diverse, dynamic ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Bigotry is bigotry as some Hongkongers tell mainland tourists to go home

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 04:39am by Alex Lo

    ... influx of mainland visitors. That has caused serious tensions and problems in our society and economy. So instead of opening the floodgates, the right response ought to be: you are welcome here like any other visitors but unlike before, there is now a regulated queue for you to join. I believe mainland officials and would-be visitors would understand and accept that. There is another ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    No excuse for using slurs against mainlanders

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 05:59pm by LING WOO LIU

    ... of all foreign investment now stemming from the mainland, and mainland tourists now comprising three-quarters of all visitors. But those aren't reasons to resort to name calling. Even ... for Hong Kong to stop the degrading name-calling Cutting words The "locust" protests in Hong Kong underscore long-fomenting resentment among some who feel that mainland Chinese ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - SCMP DEBATE

    'Tough task' to set limit on tourists to Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... it will be extremely difficult for the government to determine the maximum number of tourists Hong Kong can accommodate, as officials try to calm public anger at the influx of mainland visitors. Last month ... arrives in Hong Kong, passes through the immigration, leaves Hong Kong to go to, say, Macau, or mainland China, returns to Hong Kong and passes through immigration again. This same visitor would ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    On the tourism front line, low-paid shop staff set HK$1 million monthly sales target

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:27am by Amy Nip

    ... claims will stoke the debate about whether explosive growth in visitor numbers is truly benefitting Hongkongers or simply leaving streets too crowded and rents too high. The monthly sales target ... targets. But once they manage to do so, bosses again raise the target. It is frustrating." Government figures show that visitor arrivals rose from 29.6 million in 2009 to 54.3 million last ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 17, 2014

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by LETTERS

    ... if there was genuine support for the idea. Stephanie Kuo Hsiao, Kowloon City   Harassment of visitors harms economy There have been occasions when mainland tourists have been harassed, with protests against ... to radical action to express their dissatisfaction on various issues such as mainland visitors or high property prices. Criticising these visitors for certain problems in society is unfair, because ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Spending by holiday visitors lags increase in arrivals

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Celine Sun, Amy Nip

    ... Anita Lam, Celine Sun in Beijing and Amy Nip Spending by holiday visitors lags increase in arrivals This year's "golden week", a national holiday, lacked lustre, says the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, whose members run more than 6,700 retail outlets in the city. Retail sales grew about five per cent from last year during the mainland's three-day ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Security checks on visitors is sensible, but Legco members must behave too

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:34am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Legislators have to behave, too Security checks for visitors to key government premises is standard practice worldwide. It therefore came as a surprise that the Hong Kong ... screening measures for visitors. The German parliament, which inspired the design of our Legco complex, also has security screening. The security threat here is certainly nowhere as high ...

  10. News - China - TOURISM

    Over 100,000 mainland Chinese tourists squeeze onto tiny Gulangyu

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 01:50pm by DARREN WEE

    ... province, in one 24-hour period as mainlanders made the most of the Lunar New Year holiday, albeit it with the least amount of elbow room. A massive 100,500 tourists boarded ferries to Gulangyu between 4pm on Sunday and 4pm on Monday, the China National Tourism Administration said. That is more than five times the island's population. The island had received over 66,000 visitors ...




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