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  1. Boutique hotel makes an unlikely home in Tibet

    Posted Nov 21st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... 'I am looking at the future and taking a bet,' Mr Brahm, who first arrived in China in 1981, said in Shanghai. 'Tourism is just developing in Tibet. 'Our hotels are not tourism ... Asia,' he said. Tourism in Tibet will increase when passenger traffic begins next July on a freight railway that started service from Qinghai earlier this year. In addition, many foreign ...

  2. Wish you were here

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... of 5.6 per cent over 2006. 'We are not satisfied,' said Chao Kwang-choung, deputy director of the international affairs division of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB). 'The numbers ... attraction for visitors from the mainland,' said Fung Ming-chu, the museum's deputy director. 'We had 3,000 of them in November. Before the start of official tourism, we had thousands ...

  3. French not au fait with needs of Chinese tourists

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... All this is good news for the Paris tourism bureau. But the numbers evoke a different reaction from Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, who has made the fight against illegal immigration one ... or one granted to those coming on government business. 'The government is in a dilemma,' said one Chinese official. 'Tourism is an important part of its economy and China is one ...

  4. Okinawans sick and tired of occupational hazard

    Posted Feb 06th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... going. The rents the landowners receive from the government for the bases are more than Okinawa earns from tourism and the Americans spend heavily. 'What would happen if the bases closed? Our agriculture cannot compete with products from overseas. Our fishing industry is limited. We cannot live entirely off tourism.' ...

  5. Grand opulence, great golfing or a weekend bus tour... it's all there

    Posted Dec 05th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai TOURISM IN CHINA has come a long way from its hesitant and xenophobic beginnings in the 1980s. At that time most mainlanders did not take holidays, ... further afield to Xian, Chengdu, Nanjing or one of the scenic mountain regions. The tourism business has developed to offer a wide range of choices- by bus, train, boat or air- and hotels from one ...

  6. Spending sprees

    Posted Aug 09th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... which opened its door to group tourism from China last month, but her spending was modest, by Chinese standards- less than one-third of the average. A recent survey by the Tax Free World ... Hungary and Russia, 70 now do, with 100 likely by the end of this year. Qian Gang, head of the Shanghai office of the UK Tourism Bureau, said Shanghai tourists spent on a wide variety of goods, ...

  7. Swiss join campaign to tackle need for quality hotel staff

    Posted Dec 05th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... the tourism industry generated revenue of 289.2 billion yuan, accounting for 2.3 per cent of gross domestic product. In the year, 109 million overseas tourists visited China, up 19 per cent from 2003, ... executives hired by Jinjiang Group, including American Christopher Bachran, the president of JIHM. At a recent seminar in Shanghai, Mr Bachran said that the tourism industry in China faced a shortage ...

  8. Heady plans for pristine island

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... is not a family place. Hengqin could offer other forms of tourism, like theme parks and hiking. Macau has run out of space. Zhuhai feels that it can become a tourist destination of choice ...

  9. Eyeing Ireland

    Posted Mar 29th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... and ahead of the Americans,' said Irish consul Nicholas O'Brien. 'We are working with tour operators to raise the awareness of the country.' Tourism Ireland has opened an office ...

  10. Investor calls foul after lock-out at soft drink maker/football team

    Posted Dec 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... it,' the spokeswoman said. A private firm with interests in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, property and tourism, Huizhong Tianhang bought the company- for a rumoured 200 million yuan- after ...




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