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  1. Business - Companies - TOURISM

    China Travel International profit up 107pc on sale of online travel agency

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 11:19am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Tourism operator China Travel International Investment saw its first-half net profit rise 107 per cent year on year to HK$930 million due to an increase of travellers and a one-off gain from selling a loss-making online travel agency. The group recorded a one-off gain of HK$420 million in June from the sale of Mangocity.com, an online travel agency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1578330/china-travel-international-profit-107pc-sale-online-travel-agency
  2. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Crackdown launched on travel agents offering 'forced shopping' trips

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 06:25pm by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Unscrupulous mainland travel firms now using fake tourists to bully tour groups into spending in shops after receiving cheap or free accommodation and transport Crackdown on 'forced shopping' tour agents Regulators on both sides of the border are collaborating to crack down on unscrupulous travel agents to combat a reported resurgence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554133/travel-industry-council-step-checks-amid-resurgence-forced-shopping
  3. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Yen for a cheap trip to Japan could cost more

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Travel agents say increase in cost of hotels and transportation will absorb exchange rate gains Yen for a cheap trip to Japan could cost more Although the yen has ... last night, was about 4 per cent lower than a month ago. But the difference isn't enough to compensate for the rising costs if rooms, transportation and other travel expenses, tour ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589607/yen-cheap-trip-japan-could-cost-more
  4. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Cruise lines riding a wave of popularity in sea travel

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:10am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com More luxury ships and round-the-world packages offered to satisfy growing demand in China Cruise lines riding a wave of popularity in sea travel Cruise lines ... of the city from four to 21 next year. Costa plans to target long-haul travellers with round-the-world tours in 83 days for up to HK$390,000 a person for the most expensive package. Paul said the new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1537159/cruise-lines-riding-wave-popularity-sea-travel
  5. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Travel firms urged to embrace smartphones to hold off mainland rival

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 06:21pm by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Offering smartphone bookings is the way forward, academic says, as competition hots up Travel agents urged to go mobile Hong Kong’s travel agencies must embrace the smartphone revolution if they want to compete, one academic says, after China’s leading online travel agency launched a mobile app for Hong Kong travellers. Dr Dan Wang, an expert ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1526816/travel-firms-urged-embrace-smartphones-hold-mainland-rival
  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hong Kong travellers warned to avoid protests as martial law declared in Thailand

    Posted May 20th 2014, 11:24am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Travel alert remains at amber; visitors also advised to stay away from crowds Hong Kong travellers in Thailand have been reminded to stay away from protests and crowded areas after the country’s army declared martial law in the early hours of Tuesday. The travel alert for Hongkongers remains at amber – the lowest of the three-level alert system. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1516091/hong-kong-travellers-warned-avoid-protests-martial-law-declared
  7. Business - China Business - TOURISM

    Travel trade calls for shake-up to meet mainland China tourist boom

    Posted May 05th 2014, 05:38am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com The surge in mainlanders travelling abroad has spurred the tourism industry to call for an overhaul in infrastructure and visa policies The Chinese are coming From Auckland to Angkor Wat, Chinese tourists are exploring the world in numbers that has the travel industry rushing to lay out the welcome mat. The challenge remains whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1504563/travel-trade-calls-shake-meet-mainland-china-tourist-boom
  8. News - World - TOURISM

    California adapting to rising tide of tourists from China- now 1.8m a year

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 03:26am by AP

    ... tour groups under the 2007 agreement, said: "Until they've visited USA, they don't feel they've done their international travel yet," she said. "They need to see it, put themselves in the photograph, so they can prove they've done this." During their travels, they each spend an average of US$5,400- 21 per cent more than the average spent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581352/california-adapting-rising-tide-tourists-china-now-18m-year
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tour fees may change amid price-fixing fears

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Amy Nip

    ... the competition law. At present, travellers on group tours pay a fee before departure. They are then charged service fees- for escorts, local guides and drivers- at the end of the tour. Agencies follow a directive put out 10 years ago by the Travel Industry Council, recommending a maximum daily service fee for tour group members. It aimed to stop overcharging of tourists. But the council's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568553/tour-fees-may-change-amid-price-fixing-fears
  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    China officials considered Hong Kong travel alert over mainland visitor protests

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 03:59am by Stuart Lau, Jeffie Lam and Tanna Chong

    ... Stuart Lau, Jeffie Lam and Tanna Chong Anti-mainlander protests prompted officials to confer with Exco member Hong Kong travel alert ‘considered’ It crossed the minds of mainland officials to issue a travel alert against Hong Kong in the wake of local protests that targeted visitors from across the border, a Beijing loyalist revealed yesterday. Executive councillor Cheng Yiu-tong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1452645/mainland-officials-considered-hong-kong-travel-alert-says-executive

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