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  1. 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
  2. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Three other ships called at Ha Long Bay as Costa Victoria skipped port, travel watchdog told

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 06:31pm by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Travel industry chief says ‘it is not accurate’ to claim ship was turned away by Vietnamese port Cruise company decided to miss bay: watchdog Costa Cruises- not Vietnamese port authorities- made the decision not to berth the Costa Victoria at popular tourist destination Ha Long Bay, the Travel Industry Council has been told. The decision cut short ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1430408/three-other-ships-called-ha-long-bay-costa-victoria-skipped-port
  3. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    CY Leung hints at new controls on Hong Kong’s growing tourism numbers

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 05:08pm by Tony Cheung

    ... is aware of this, and we are studying ways to regulate the growth … of incoming travellers. "But we also want to increase our capacity to accommodate tourists." His comments came after ... and at popular leisure spots. However, Leung refused to elaborate on how visitor numbers may be adjusted, such as whether the individual traveller scheme would be reviewed. "As it involves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464737/government-exploring-ways-control-citys-tourism-growth-says-chief
  4. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    'Forced shopping' tours of Hong Kong back as mainland organisers find loophole

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:35am by Danny Mok and Eddie Lee

    ... between shops and pressured to make purchases- in October. Michael Wu Siu-ieng, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, said the undercover report suggested tour organisers had found ... the ban on free or cheap tours, organisers accepted a "travel voucher" costing 200 yuan (HK$251) as payment for a tour valued at 4,000 yuan. CCTV journalists were then shown joining ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462831/forced-shopping-back-tour-firms-find-loophole-mainland-rules
  5. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Security Bureau raises Thailand travel warning to red 'significant threat' level

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 06:00pm by Danny Lee and Emily Tsang

    ... Danny Lee and Emily Tsang The Security Bureau raised the travel threat level in Bangkok on Monday afternoon to ‘red’, the second highest warning. Travellers should consider changing their existing plans or to avoid all non-essential travel to Bangkok, the Security Bureau urged. “Those already there should monitor the situation, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1371135/security-bureau-raises-thailand-travel-warning-red-significant-threat
  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hong Kong travel agencies change Thai itineraries after violent Bangkok clashes

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 06:02pm by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com One of Hong Kong’s biggest travel agencies and tour operators have changed tourists’ itineraries in response to the worsening political protests spreading across the streets of Bangkok. Wing On Travel informed the Travel Industry Council of its intention to avoid shuttered shopping malls in downtown Bangkok, after thousands of Thai protesters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1370333/hong-kong-travel-agencies-change-thai-itineraries-after-violent
  7. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Mystery deepens over giant Hong Kong ferris wheel overlooking harbour

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 05:46am by Amy Nip

    ... it would be fun. We didn't want to stop the project." Michael Wu Siu-ieng, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, said a wheel was sure to be an attraction for tourists, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1465974/mystery-deepens-over-delay-ferris-wheel-year-after-contract-awarded
  8. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    First Hong Kong travel agency cuts trips to Thailand

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 05:47pm by DANNY LEE

    ... by protests overall A small travel company specialising in tours to Japan and South Korea became the first operator to cancel trips to Thailand due to ongoing political protests. Yesterday, Package ... for the tour company, said “it is safe to travel” to Thailand despite a handful of concerned customers contacted the firm wanting to cancel their holiday. “We received a number of calls on Wednesday, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1367933/first-hk-travel-agency-cuts-trips-thailand
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Hong Kong tourists in protest-hit Bangkok 'safe', travel council says

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 03:05pm by DANNY LEE

    ... Hongkongers on group tours in Bangkok are safe and trying to steer clear of protest hotspots, the Travel Industry Council has said. Joseph Tung Yao-chung, the council’s executive director, said the travellers were “safe” and “trying to avoid problem areas”. And while there were no immediate problems in tourist areas in the Thai capital, travel operators were prepared to “change the itinerary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1367106/hk-tourists-protest-hit-bangkok-safe-travel-council-says
  10. News - China - TOURISM

    Travel agencies fined for forcing tourists to buy 'Tibetan home meals'

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Yunnan travel agencies have been punished and two of their tour guides have lost their licences for forcing tourists to pay extra for "Tibetan home meals". The incident, in which the guides threatened tourists who refused to pay and abandoned them on the side of the road, was the latest travel horror story to come to light as the National Day "golden week" draws ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1326019/travel-agencies-fined-forcing-tourists-buy-tibetan-home-meals

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