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  1. Tourism board gets in on the act

    Posted Sep 19th 2008, 12:00am by Prudence Lui

    ... Government injects HK$150m into a dedicated meeting arm to push the city's convention and exhibition business, writes Prudence Lui Hong Kong's meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) business will get a strong boost when a dedicated meeting arm, under the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), is launched before the end of the year. Branded as Meeting and Exhibition ...

  2. Put off

    Posted Aug 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The global economic slowdown and rising fuel prices are deterring long-haul visitors from coming to Hong Kong. What, if anything, can the Tourism Board do to persuade these people to visit our city? Write to us. ...

  3. Government caught napping over hotel saga

    Posted Jun 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's image as a tourist destination has taken another hit. The mainland media is already informing potential visitors how guests at a Mong Kok hotel spent Wednesday night ... industry in Hong Kong and the scandals of last year should have heightened preparedness for such an eventuality. Hotel bankruptcies may be rare in this city, but they are not unheard of. We are now ...

  4. 'Golden week' arrivals rise, but sales mixed

    Posted Oct 07th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Paggie Leung

    ... expected. The Hong Kong Tourism Board yesterday revealed that visitor arrivals from the mainland between September 29 and Sunday reached 481,987, up 9.5 per cent from last year's 'golden ... this was a large jump from September, when only about 10 per cent of tours were non-shopping. Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said the financial turmoil would hit travel sentiment. Going ...

  5. Tourism Board 'misled Legco to obtain funds'

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... HK$900,000, while the Shanghai centre had not been set up. Lau Kong-wah, a lawmaker for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, criticised the board for providing ... Eva Wu The Tourism Board has been accused of misleading the Legislative Council three years ago to obtain funding approval by exaggerating the target number of visitors to its centres ...

  6. HK's tourism chief escapes attack by hours

    Posted Nov 28th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Hong Kong tourism chief James Tien Pei-chun checked out of Mumbai's luxury Taj Mahal Palace hotel hours before armed militants stormed the building. Mr Tien and three other members of the Tourism Board had been staying at the hotel while they gave presentations on Hong Kong. 'First of all, I deeply regret that these terrorist attacks have taken place, ...

  7. Tourism project on Lantau to go to tender

    Posted Jan 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong The government has abandoned plans to award a HK$68 million tourism development project at Ngong Ping on Lantau Island to the MTR Corporation without tender, after objections from legislators. The project, which consists mainly of a 1.52-hectare public piazza with a Chinese garden and lotus ponds, will now be put up for public tender, with the Architectural Services ...

  8. Harbour activist eyes tourism seat

    Posted Feb 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Harbour activist Paul Zimmerman has emerged as a possible candidate for the tourism constituency in the Legco elections in September. The convenor of the lobby group Designing Hong Kong said yesterday he was 'actively considering' running for the seat, representing an industry that has traditionally been led by Liberal Party figures. Its current lawmaker, ...

  9. Help for small businesses and tourism applauded

    Posted Feb 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... enterprises. To promote tourism, the 3 per cent hotel tax paid by guests will be waived. The financial secretary said this would enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong's hotel industry ... year, cutting government revenue by HK$1.6 billion. The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce said that of all the budget measures, it particularly welcomed the cut in profits tax. Acting ...

  10. Tourism Board has money to burn, but little to show for it

    Posted Jul 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... destinations. Whatever tempts visitors to come here it will not be something like an Explore Hong Kong Stamp Rally that the Tourism Board is featuring in its Summer Temptations programme. I cannot see how such a promotion would draw any tourist to Hong Kong. When you look at the programme website what you get are a series of offers. I don't know how much has been spent ...




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