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  1. Sport - Other Sport - ATHLETICS

    A marathon with a patriotic beat

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 09:35pm by AP

    ... runners is in keeping with the North's ongoing effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off. Tourism agencies that specialise in North Korea said they were surprised by the large number of entries they received, but noted most were from tourists who primarily wanted to take advantage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1480972/marathon-patriotic-beat
  2. Sport - Rugby

    Hong Kong Sevens chief unveils plan for new Central fan festival

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 09:13pm by SCMP reporter

    ... with the city’s tourism authority to stage a six-day festival of rugby and music in the week leading up to next month’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The HKRFU-funded outdoor entertainment initiative is being supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and will be held at the new 36,000-square-metre Central Harbourfront site from Tuesday, March 25 to Sunday, March 30. The event will run ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1442048/hong-kong-sevens-chief-unveils-plan-new-central-fan-festival
  3. Comment - Blogs - Rugby

    Better late than never for our tourism chiefs

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 07:49pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com “See you at the Sevens” has taken on a whole new meaning for Hong Kong Tourism Board officials, who are now bending over backwards trying to please ... of a pilgrim nearing journey’s end. In this case the altar is the one to Mammon for the Sevens brings wealth to many in this city. Last year, for the first time, the tourism board released figures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1191674/better-late-never-our-tourism-chiefs
  4. Sport - Hong Kong - CRICKET

    Sixes future under threat as Mega Events Fund turns down cash request

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 10:27pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... This is the third time in 10 months the popular tournament, which in the past has featured greats such as Brian Lara and Shane Warne, has had its request for funds knocked back by the Hong Kong Tourism ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1437454/sixes-future-under-threat-mega-events-fund-turns-down-cash-request
  5. Sport - Hong Kong

    HKCA's wishes for twin use of vacant land near Disney are rejected

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 08:41pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... for a short-term tenancy to use the site as a cricket ground and as a venue for an international polo tournament. "For months we have been trying to obtain support from the Tourism Board for a Hong ... Tourism Board before they considered agreeing to this 'temporary land usage'. You would think support for any international tournament would be automatic, but after three months ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1379188/hkcas-wishes-twin-use-vacant-land-near-disney-are-rejected
  6. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    M-Mark shows MEF the way

    Posted Feb 01st 2014, 09:29pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... the Tourism Commission should just knock on the door of poor panic-stricken Greg So. The M-Mark doesn't have a huge pile of cash to play with, but at least they do their job of disseminating funds It must only be a few doors away, for doesn't the Tourism Commission also come under the portfolio of So and his bureau? Knock, knock, who's there- only another million tourists. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1418623/m-mark-shows-mef-way
  7. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    David Beckham confirms plan to launch MLS team in Miami

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 10:13am by Reuters

    ... of Miami’s cruise ship terminals, potentially putting the new team at the forefront of Miami’s tourism landscape. MLS has stressed the importance of having a final stadium deal, along with a business ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1421890/david-beckham-confirms-plan-launch-mls-team-miami
  8. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    Finding love in the right places

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 09:29pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... for the next few years, thanks to those not-so-forward-looking people at the Tourism Commission When it comes to a historic accomplishment, another team sport has already qualified for a World Cup- ... the Tourism Commission, shot it down. An international polo event would have attracted the attention of the world's media. An added bonus would have been a ground to accommodate Hong Kong's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1387705/finding-love-right-places
  9. Sport

    Government indifference has turned 'Asia's World City' into a backwater

    Posted Dec 28th 2013, 09:10pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... by on a shoestring budget. Both events had seen their requests for millions of dollars being knocked back by the Tourism Commission-run Mega Events Fund, which turned a Nelsonian eye to their pleas. To add ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1391885/government-indifference-has-turned-asias-world-city-backwater
  10. Sport - Soccer - BRAZIL

    World Cup fans will have to dig deep as prices soar in Brazil

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... particularly in the country's tourism gateway Rio, which this month is one of the hosts for the Confederations Cup and in July welcomes Pope Francis for a major Catholic youth festival. Famous for its annual carnival and spectacular beaches, Rio is now the world's third most expensive city when it comes to hotels, according to a recent Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur) study. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1261571/world-cup-fans-will-have-dig-deep-prices-soar-brazil

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