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  1. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hong Kong drops 3 places in tourism rankings

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... that Hong Kong was still near the top among major economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The city's travel and tourism competitiveness would get a boost, he added, from planned upgrades at the Ocean Park and Disneyland theme parks, and the opening of the cruise terminal in Kai Tak this year. Tourism in Hong Kong employs about 230,000 people and accounts for 4.5 per cent of gross ...

  2. Banning private birth tourism will only damage Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Leung Chun-ying wants to ban mainland mothers from giving birth in Hong Kong's private hospitals. He really hasn't thought this one through. On Monday, the incoming chief executive said he would forbid mainland mothers who were not married to Hong Kong residents from giving birth in the city's private hospitals next year. It's clear enough why he ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Visitor complaints damage Hong Kong's crown of hospitality

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Dents in crown of hospitality Hong Kong rightly prides itself as a top travel destination. From fancy hotels to unpretentious guest houses, there is something to suit different budgets. This is indeed how we are sold overseas. The Tourism Board's official website proudly assures visitors with the message: "In Hong Kong you can hang your hat in modest ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Shenzhen closes loophole on mainland visitors to Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 10th 2013, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam fiona.tam@scmp.com Shenzhen shuts loophole on solo visitors to HK Shenzhen has closed an apparent loophole involving mainland tourists travelling to Hong Kong, by requiring those ... the crackdown was not linked to rampant smuggling, in which gangs often split goods into small lots that are carried from Hong Kong to the mainland by individuals, to evade taxes. "Most smugglers ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Tourism industry warns about unscrupulous operators

    Posted Feb 15th 2013, 02:11pm by DENNIS CHONG AND JOHNNY TAM

    ... to Hong Kong’s reputation as a tourist hub. There are more than 1,600 travel agencies in the city, and tens of millions of mainland tourists visit every year. Acting Tourism Commissioner Rosanna ... the watchdog’s rules, which allow tour companies seven days report on an incident like Tuesday’s botched hotel arrangements. Ricky Tse, chairman of the Hong Kong Inbound Tours Association, said questions ...

  6. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    LGBT tourism: is HK missing out?

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Charley Lanyon

    ... Tourism Board says: "As a cosmopolitan, pluralistic and open society, Hong Kong welcomes all visitors, without distinction of any kind, such as gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race ... as they would when serving heterosexual customers." Hong Kong may be richly rewarded for adopting a more LGBT-friendly tourism strategy. The Hong Kong Tourism Board estimates that visitors ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong tourists are gradually returning to Manila

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... to the tragedy. The Philippines' Department of Tourism said Hong Kong accounted for 57,790 of the 2.14 million visitors from January to June, a rise of 2.36 per cent from the same period last year. In the first six months of 2010- before the August 23 incident- 71,867 visitors from Hong Kong were recorded. The tourism department noted that the number of visitors from mainland China to Manila rose ...

  8. Author to show India gems of Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Hong Kong is neglecting India as a great source of tourism, a popular Indian writer says. Former Hong Kong-based investment banker and now top-selling novelist ... Bhagat is now based in India but is back in the Hong Kong at the invitation of the Tourism Board to shoot a television programme on the city's less-known attractions. During the production, ...

  9. Comment - Debates

    Should Hong Kong now curb the number of mainland Chinese visitors it lets in?

    Posted Sep 29th 2012, 05:50pm

    ... Anger continues to increase among Hong Kong people towards the rising number of mainland visitors coming to the city each day. The latest crackdown on parallel trading has fuelled further resentment towards mainlanders. Last year saw a 24 per cent rise in mainland visitors coming to Hong Kong from 2010 – bringing the total figure in 2011 to 28 million. Many commentators and government ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tourism boss James Tien in warning over Shenzhen entry permit influx

    Posted Aug 30th 2012, 12:00am by Amy Nip, Olga Wong

    ... permit influx Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun says a change of rules which would give 4.1 million non-permanent citizens of Shenzhen easier access to Hong Kong should be postponed. He ... of the Travel Industry Council, said: "As a global tourism hub, Hong Kong should welcome visitors from anywhere." Fellow board member Ko Chi-sum asked of Tien: "Did he say that because ...




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