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  1. Self-regulation can work for tourism, minister says

    Posted Mar 01st 2011, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan Self-regulation should not be dismissed as an option as the city grapples with how to regulate the tourism industry, says Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, secretary for commerce ... of the tourism sector, said: 'The Tourism Board spends more than HK$600 million promoting tourism. 'But if the product itself- the way we manage the industry- is problematic, what ...

  2. Tourism industry in need of a fresh start

    Posted Mar 01st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The tourism industry is an example of the maxim that the market leads, the government facilitates. The government has invested in attractions like Disneyland, Ocean Park, the Lantau cable car and now the West Kowloon arts hub. This has helped the industry to market Hong Kong to potential visitors. The city- and tourism firms- have benefited directly from the public investment. ...

  3. Vice-premier urges tour guides to improve

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the past few weeks. Wang told a symposium attended by tourism officials in Beijing that as the sector was a pillar industry for the country's economy, it was crucial to straighten out ... As guides play a key role in the tourism industry, Wang pledged to continue improving the quality of their work through training in the areas of professional skills and ethics, as well as response ...

  4. Bigger and better

    Posted Jun 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sanya, the top resort destination on the mainland, is accelerating tourism development with the central government's blessing as part of the 'Hainan International Tourism Island' initiative. ...

  5. Tourism sector to get new watchdog

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Proposals for a statutory body to regulate the tourism industry and assume the regulatory functions of the Travel Industry Council were unveiled yesterday. A new Travel Industry Authority would oversee travel agents, tour guides and tour escorts, Tourism Commissioner Philip Yung Wai-hung said. The move comes as the government seeks to increase confidence ...

  6. Paws for thought

    Posted Jul 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Goodboy Last time the Young Post web editor went to Europe to visit her mother who lives in the Balearic Islands in Spain, she had quite a surprise when she opened her suitcase. Out I popped! Hehehe... You see, I had never been to Spain, much less ...

  7. Hainan aims to be a medical tourism hub

    Posted Dec 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Matt Ho, Zhuang Pinghui and Fiona Tam Hainan, the southernmost province looking to be the 'Hawaii of the East', has set its sights on becoming a medical tourism hub, bolstered ... tourism resort by 2015,' he said. Hospital 301 in western Beijing is an elite facility that has treated top communist leaders including the late Deng Xiaoping, former president Jiang Zemin ...

  8. Tourism reform: money well spent

    Posted Dec 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... reputation is under threat from bad publicity over the frequent abuse of mainland tour groups. Despite the tourism industry's repeated reforms the quality of its services still leaves a lot ... three years is too slow. A quicker timetable is definitely needed. Meanwhile, the industry has to shape up and avoid abusive practices like forced shopping. Tourism is one of Hong Kong's ...

  9. Coast clear for tourism

    Posted Nov 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... in the mainland's tourism development, with emphasis shifting from being merely a sightseeing destination to one engaging visitors in leisure and sports activities to enrich the quality of life and achieve ... centre for water sports. Qingdao hosted the sailing events of the Summer Olympics in 2008. It plans to transform tourism into a pillar industry, contributing 6 per cent of the city's gross ...

  10. Hainan ramps up projects to boost tourism

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Charlotte So charlotte.so@scmp.com Hainan yesterday signed deals for projects worth 17 billion yuan (HK$21billion) as part of the island's continuing efforts to fashion itself as an international tourist spot. Dubbed China's Hawaii for its tropical weather and clean air, the southern province has received extensive support from the central government to develop its tourism ...




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