Individual Visit Scheme
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Monday Hong Kong should think of ways to expand its tourism facilities to capitalise on the growth of mainland tourists.Monday, 16 September, 2013, 9:32pm 3 comments
In a pre-recorded interview with RTHK, Lu blamed the influx on the individual visit scheme, which he said was "too open".10 May 2013 - 9:52am 11 comments
The Individual Visit Scheme launched a decade ago has facilitated visits to Hong Kong by millions of mainland Chinese, greatly benefiting the city. However, recent controversies associated with the infant milk formula shortage, the very crowded malls, and the full capacity of theme parks during Lunar New Year have generated some adverse public comments, with some calling for a halt to the scheme and others demanding the cancellation of multi-entry visas for mainland visitors. In short, some locals have said mainlanders are unwelcome as they create social problems.16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment
Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun and Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, made the remarks separately yesterday in response to the latest incidents involving mainland tourists over the Lunar New Year holiday.17 Feb 2013 - 5:18pm
Tourism Board chairman and Liberal Party lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun said he welcomed measures to clamp down on trading of the milk powder, but called for an end to the scheme's multi-entry permits. He said visitors from Shenzhen should be limited to a single entry per day.4 Feb 2013 - 11:47am 7 comments
The State Council vowed yesterday to tighten laws on the expropriation of farmland, warning that the problem risked fuelling rural unrest and undermined food security.29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am
Anger continues to increase among Hong Kong people towards the rising number of mainland visitors coming to the city each day. The latest crackdown on parallel trading has fuelled further resentment towards mainlanders.30 Sep 2012 - 8:03am 6 comments
The individual visit scheme for mainland tourists should be scaled down because of its negative impact on the city, according to half the Hongkongers surveyed in a poll released on Friday.28 Sep 2012 - 6:31pm
The mainland has agreed not to issue multiple-visit permits to non-residents of Shenzhen for three weeks until there had been further assessment of its impact on Hong Kong, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced on Friday afternoon.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Immigration unions are demanding the appointment of 400 extra staff members to cope with an expected increase in the number of mainland visitors following Shenzhen’s relaxation of the Individual Visit Scheme.
On Friday, 10 representatives from four unions covering Immigration Department staff met their bosses to raise their concerns over increased work due to the influx.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Hong Kong will discuss with Shenzhen how to control the influx in visitors with administrative measures, according to a source.
From next month, changes in permit rules will allow 4.1 million non-permanent residents of Shenzhen to make multiple visits to Hong Kong.31 Aug 2012 - 11:14am
Residents from the New Territories on Wednesday protested outside the government’s headquarters in Admiralty against Shenzhen’s plan to allow non-residents to visit Hong Kong on multiple-entry permits.
The plan is due to come into force next month.29 Aug 2012 - 8:00pm
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 and catering industries. When we boosted our Sars-ravaged economy in 2003 by opening the door to millions of solo visitors from the mainland, it was hailed as a step forward.24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Hong Kong has survived many uncertainties and crises in the 15 years since the handover. However, we are still failing to plan ahead of time and think in a broader perspective. Water is a key issue that has been neglected for some time.7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
As a way of reviving Hong Kong's battered economy after the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, the Individual Visit Scheme was an almost immediate cure. It filled empty hotels, and restaurant owners and retailers rejoiced at the reappearance of travellers on the city's once-deserted streets.6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am