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  1. In Brief

    Posted Nov 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Expo plan to boost visitors As the number of visitors falls amid the global financial crisis, the Tourism Board says it will strengthen its promotion of conventions and exhibitions. It said it would encourage large overseas corporations to hold annual meetings and conventions in the city, which in turn would help to boost tourism. In the past two month the number of long-haul ...

  2. '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 ...

  3. Government caught napping over hotel saga

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

    ... more tourists than any other destination in East Asia. The tourism sector is important to the economy, bringing in HK$40.5 billion last year. Yet months after the debacles over zero-fee tours and mainland visitors being taken advantage of by unscrupulous shops, there has been another embarrassment. Tourism Commissioner Au King-chi said after an emergency meeting yesterday contingency plans ...

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

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

    ... Former Tourism Board executive director, Clara Chong Ming-wah, has finally returned the premium for the portion of the insurance benefits to which she was not entitled, a sum ... a lot of improvement from the new management of the Tourism Board. But improved governance is not enough. What we must do is find a realistic role for a statutory body that spends more than ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. Mainland move a mistake, says champ

    Posted Nov 13th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Macau Priaulx urges organisers to keep faith with Macau Reigning world champion Andy Priaulx has called for Macau to continue being part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar after 2009 as the prospect has been raised it could ...

  7. Ocean Park slashes admission prices

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok, Paggie Leung

    ... the Tourism Board showed arrivals for the first 25 days of the month were down 1.9 per cent compared with the same period last year. Admission to the park for local adults will drop from HK$208 ... Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said it had revised its forecast of an 8 per cent increase in visitor arrivals for the year to between 6 and 8 per cent. But he said the total might well ...

  8. Air of confidence in sector

    Posted Apr 11th 2008, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... and route management because of the increasing numbers travelling and the emerging demand for specialisation. She said that it was difficult to hire experienced tourism professionals ... training among in-service or aspiring tour guides and tour escorts which might not be covered by the existing tourism courses in the market. Those new training elements included management ...

  9. Like the film 'Australia', tourism adverts fail to draw the crowds

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Mark Chipperfield

    ... arrived as Mr Lee, assistant finance manager. He departed as Lee Ming.' Mr Lee and his unnamed love interest are the type of Asian visitors - young, affluent and adventurous - that Tourism ... tale. If the tourism industry hoped for a Luhrmann-led revival similar to the mania for New Zealand that followed Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, they have been sorely misled. ...

  10. Tibet seeks ideas to help revive tourism after March riots

    Posted Aug 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Tibetan officials are publicly seeking ideas to revive the region's tourism, which slumped after the March 14 riots. A Tibet Tourism Bureau official said a forum to gather ideas was set to be held on Saturday in the regional capital, Lhasa . More than 100 tourism experts, researchers and travel agency managers have been invited to brainstorm promotion tips ...




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