Individual Visit Scheme

Hong Kong should capitalise on mainland tourism growth, says Leung Chun-ying

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying speaks at the Hong Kong Guangdong Co-operation Conference at government headquarters in Admiralty on Monday. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Lu Ping: Too many Chinese mainlanders being allowed into Hong Kong

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

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

Dealing with tourist influx requires joined-up thinking

Dealing with tourist influx requires joined-up thinking

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

Individual visit scheme to Hong Kong 'shouldn't be expanded', says tourism chief

Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board James Tien. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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

Milk powder row triggers calls for review of visit scheme

Concern groups continue to rail against parallel traders from the mainland outside Sheung Shui station yesterday. Photo: David Wong

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

Briefs, November 29, 2012

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

Should Hong Kong now curb the number of mainland Chinese visitors it lets in?

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

Hongkongers want solo travel scheme scaled down

Mainland tourists shopping in Causeway Bay. Photo: KY Cheng

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

New Shenzhen visitor plan to be re-assessed

Mainland visitors board a train in Sheung Shui with goods bought in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

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

Unions demand more staff to meet Shenzhen rush

Immigration Service Officers Association chairman Ngai Sik-shui says more staff were urgently needed at the border. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Talks to discuss influx of visitors to Hong Kong from Shenzhen

Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai is a popular spot for sightseeing for mainlanders when they are not shopping. Photo: Felix Wong

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

New Territories residents protest Shenzhen influx

New Territories activists protested outside government headquarters in Admiralty on Wednesday, urging a review of the individual visit scheme. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Tourism needs to strike right balance

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

To avoid a future crisis, Hong Kong needs to come up with a water plan

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

Victims of the tourist squeeze

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