Rooms at Disneyland’s third hotel to cost HK$2,000-3,000 per night

Hong Kong Disneyland managing director Andrew Kam Min-ho says the new hotel will be priced somewhere between the park's existing hotels. Photo: Jonathan Wong / SCMP

Rooms at Hong Kong Disneyland’s planned third hotel will cost between HK$2,000 and HK$3,000 a night, its managing director told the Legislative Council today.

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 8:00pm 3 comments

Protesting cruise ship passengers not bullies, says lawmaker Ann Chiang

Lawmaker Ann Chiang makes a point during negotiations at the Travel Industry Council offices yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Passengers involved in a sit-in on a cruise ship were not "bullies", a lawmaker who joined the protests said amid criticism that they caused unnecessary delays.

8 Feb 2014 - 4:57am 16 comments

6,000kg of fireworks arrive in Hong Kong, ready to light up Victoria Harbour

2013 Lunar New Year fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the "Year of the Snake", viewed from Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

They’ll certainly go out with a bang, but the 6,000kg of fireworks that will light up the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year made an altogether quieter entrance to Victoria Harbour, the man in charge of the annual display revealed.

29 Jan 2014 - 3:55pm 2 comments

97 million Chinese tourists went abroad in 2013

“Chinese tourists spend so much abroad that some foreigners are calling us ‘walking wallets’,” researcher Song Rui says. Photo: AFP

Nearly 100 million Chinese tourists visited foreign countries last year, and they are likely to extend their lead as the world’s biggest-spending travellers, state media reported on Thursday.

9 Jan 2014 - 2:22pm

Shanghai cooks up five-star goals, but the salt is missing

People often talk of how important "software" is for a truly international city after it has already established very good "hardware". They are just like two legs for a person: you can't walk well without either of the two.

14 Oct 2013 - 10:59am 6 comments

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.

He made the remarks after meeting with Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan during a conference on cross-border co-operation held in Hong Kong.

16 Sep 2013 - 9:32pm 3 comments

France learns to speak ‘touriste’ as it looks for economy boost

A warm sunny day in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photo: AFP

There are no trash cans on the Champs-Elysees. Paris’ department stores, as well as shops and restaurants across the country, are closed on Sundays. And pickpockets swarm the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

World Cup fans will have to dig deep as prices soar in Brazil

A protester's poster reads: 'World Cup in Brazil is more expensive than the last three editions.' Photo: AP

Prices have gone through the roof, particularly in the country's tourism gateway Rio, which this month is one of the hosts for the Confederations Cup and in July welcomes Pope Francis for a major Catholic youth festival.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Chinese taking a dimmer view of City of Lights

Chinese taking a dimmer view of City of Lights

Paris is most often the first stop for China's nouveaux riches as many embark on their overseas trip of a lifetime. The city encapsulates all that Europe promises: history, culture, romance and luxury. But each step from the hotel to the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to the Louis Vuitton store is increasingly fraught, thanks to greater attention from thieves and pickpockets. It is a matter French authorities have to deal with urgently if they want their country to remain an important destination for Chinese tourists.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 1 comment

Beijing luxury hotel rivals Australia for 'world's best job' post

The 'Suitcase House', one of the featured villas at Commune by the Great Wall and designed by Hong Kong architect Gary Chang. Photo: SCMP

31 May 2013 - 8:53am 2 comments

Boat overloaded with holidaymakers capsizes in Borneo, 23 missing

Survivors gather on the shore of the Rajang River, Sarawak. Photo: Xinhua

Twenty-three people are missing in remote Borneo after a boat overloaded with holidaymakers heading home for a festival capsized yesterday in treacherous rapids on a jungle river.

29 May 2013 - 1:37am

Philippines could lose US$4.5m monthly in tourism from Taiwan over fisherman shooting row

Philippine tourism officials say they stand to lose US$4.5 million monthly in cancelled bookings and charter flights from Taiwan. Photo: AFP

Philippine tourism officials say they stand to lose US$4.5 million monthly in cancelled bookings and charter flights from Taiwan as a result of a diplomatic row over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Making local Hong Kong a main tourist attraction

The Tourism Board is offering some less conventional tourist attractions. Photo: Bloomberg

The need to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive tourism market is universal. The emergence of new attractions and destinations means travellers are spoiled for choice. Inevitably, places that go an extra mile to offer something out-of-the-ordinary will win, while those staying still or without any special appeal will lose out.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

North Korea attracts end-of-term tours for Hong Kong students

Tourist in the border village of Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas. A trip to North Korea can provide not only a valuable learning opportunity but also a unique travel experience. Photo: AP

Encounter Korea, the organiser of the trip to the world's last Stalinist outpost, which has in recent times been issuing bellicose military threats to its enemies, says that despite the political instability Pyongyang is proving a big draw.

19 May 2013 - 4:16pm

China's tourism law will benefit everyone

Visitors to the Palace Museum in Beijing can be assured their rights are protected under the new Tourism Law. Photo: Xinhua

China has finally passed a tourism law to regulate the industry and give tourists more protection. First raised in the 80s but shelved as travelling was still considered a novelty, the new law has been rightly hailed a milestone in that for the first time it gives tourists the right to complain and seek redress. The statute is much needed as the nation strives to cope with the boom in tourism.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am