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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Time to revisit the so-called benefits of tourism

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Little of the spending by tourists on shopping and travel goes into pockets of city residents Time to revisit the so-called benefits of tourism For decades, tourism has been one of the four pillars of the economy. James Tien Pei-chun HK Tourism Board chairman SCMP, October 8 Let's be glad that a three-legged stool offers as secure a perch as a four-legged ...

  2. Tourism needs to strike right balance

    Posted Jul 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... With tourism one of the world's fastest growing industries, no one wants to miss out. For decades, it has been an economic lifeline for Hong Kong's retail, hotel, transport ... the scheme should the local economy take a turn for the worse. Historically, Hong Kong's tourism thrives on openness and hospitality. There is no reason why we should not open our door ...

  3. Birth tourism ban makes a nonsense of government plans

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... If the government is now to ban birth tourism, babies born to mainland mothers will have to be excluded from official population forecasts entirely, which will reduce the city's birth rate by around 40 ... family reunions in the future. So if C. Y.'s ban on birth tourism goes ahead, it looks highly likely that the forecasts on which government policies are based overstate the population ...

  4. Mega fund proposals to put priority on tourism

    Posted Mar 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Council's economic development panel. Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Tourism Andrew Wong Ho-yuen said more Chinese-style cultural activities were expected from fund applicants. ...

  5. Solution to birth tourism promised

    Posted Feb 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com Guangdong governor Zhu Xiaodan has assured Hongkongers a solution will be found to the problem of large numbers of mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong, but he would not provide details. Meanwhile, human rights lawyer ...

  6. Novel boost for tourism

    Posted Aug 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mukul Munish The Hong Kong Tourism Board is making a concerted effort to get cash-rich Indians to visit Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong Tourism Board statistics, the number of Indian tourists fell by 4.5 per cent in the first half of the year compared with the same time last year. This, according to a Tourism Board spokeswoman, was because visitors from India were more ...

  7. Tourism industry's problems can be solved only by a statutory body

    Posted Apr 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Currently the Travel Industry Council shoulders responsibility for self-regulating the tourism industry. However, the incidents involving forced shopping and clashes between tour guides ... so badly. The tourism industry is a vital source of income for Hong Kong and self-regulation is not working. The government must play a more prominent role. The council has been criticised ...

  8. Tourism Board expects 40m visitors this year, a rise of 10pc

    Posted Jan 19th 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong A 10 per cent year-on-year increase is expected in the number of visitors to the city in the coming year, the Tourism Board forecasts. About 40 million visitors are expected ... confidence of overseas tourists.' The board's annual projections exceed that of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation for international travel, which predicts a moderate increase ...

  9. Tourism fears over customs tax rules

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The impact on Hong Kong would be huge if the mainland customs adheres strictly to its tax rules on charging duty on items bought by cross-border visitors and mainland residents, the Hong Kong Tourism Board's chief said yesterday. 'We would like to liaise with the customs department at Shenzhen about the tax rule because it referred to the rule recently ...

  10. Save the tourism industry

    Posted Aug 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is a famous tourist destination. But recent scandals in the tourism industry have undermined Hong Kong's reputation. A tourist suffered a heart attack due to an argument ... for your letter, Stella. The bad reputation of Hong Kong's tourism industry led to the mainland issuing a travel advisory warning to would-be tourists. This is a very serious issue. Usually ...




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