Amadeus to get better access to soaring outbound travel demand from China

Bart Tompkins says China’s tourists are increasingly using mobile phones to book holidays, sometimes more than in the West. Photo: Nora Tam

When Bart Tompkins escaped to Koh Samui in Thailand for a holiday break during China’s October “golden week” national holiday two years ago, he could barely believe what he saw.

Saturday, 22 February, 2014, 12:56am

Travellers' checks

Travellers' checks

Remote opportunities As the inevitable tentacles of tourism start to feel their way towards every corner of newly accessibl

14 Jul 2013 - 4:02pm

Chinese tourists carving out a bad reputation abroad

The boy's offending graffiti on the temple in Luxor.

The recent online exposure of a teenager from Nanjing who defaced a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple has provoked nationwide introspection on such poor behaviour abroad, which many said had damaged the image of mainland tourists.

16 Jun 2013 - 11:24am 7 comments

Wealthy line up for round-the-world tour

Tiger Management founder Julian Robertson offers a US$23,905 Tiger Tour.

The 2014 trip departs from Maui, tees off in Fiji and ends 22 days later at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain. Covering five continents, it includes 12 rounds and transportation on a customised Boeing 757 jet. Kalos Golf, a luxury golf cruise specialist, sold out the 78 slots and has a 21-person waiting list.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

ESF teacher's quest to visit every province in China

Chris Taylor's frequent visits to the mainland have taken him through 27 provinces and five autonomous regions. Photo: Red Door news

The strangeness of English Schools Foundation teacher Chris Taylor's quest to visit every mainland province dawned on him as he sat down on a bench in a town square in Ningxia - an obscure northwestern chunk of China most foreigners have never heard of, let alone considered visiting.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:49am 1 comment

Hongkongers looking for a better lifestyle flock to Shenzhen

This new residential complex in Dongguan is nicknamed 'Little Hong Kong' because of its many Hong Kong residents. Photo: SCMP

As friction continues between sections of Hong Kong's indigenous population - if there is such a thing - and the mainlanders they see as taking over their patch, there's another, less well-known migratory pattern taking place. It's in the opposite direction in search of what you might call "perfect otherness".

3 Jun 2013 - 10:22am 4 comments

Epic motorcycle trip had its fair share of danger

Fang on the road in Namibia. Photo: Fanny Fang Yi and Rupert Utley

Fearless is a good word to describe Fanny Fang Yi. The Shanghai law graduate and former professional volleyball player is believed to be the first mainland woman to cross Africa on a motorbike - just three months after learning to ride.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:31am 1 comment

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

Racking up miles on plastic

Air miles are a big part of credit card incentive schemes. Photo: AP

Air miles are a big part of credit card incentive schemes. People get points for spending, and if they manage their spending and pay their credit card bills each month, they can score a free trip to Thailand.

21 May 2013 - 6:31pm

Escaping the city heat on the cheap

Jetstar is already offering discount flights from Hong Kong.

If it is just a short neighbouring city escape, try a budget airline. We all know about Malaysian-based Air Asia, but recently, Jetstar announced it would open its first no-frills airline based in Hong Kong. It will not officially launch until later this year, but discount Jetstar flights have already started from Hong Kong.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

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

Cathay Pacific eyes hi-tech 'self-boarding' gates in Hong Kong

The International Air Transport Association aims to enable secure and 'fast travel' procedures for 80 per cent of global air passengers by 2020. Photo: AFP

The automatic boarding gate, an advanced version of the gates used at MTR stations, will allow passengers to board without having to undergo a manual document check by ground staff.

9 May 2013 - 9:36am 6 comments

Cathay Pacific makes a fine art out of choosing its wines

Shaken, not stirred: Cathay Pacific flight attendants with a red wine selected for its ability to withstand plane vibrations. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Picking a wine for an airline isn't as easy as you'd think. It's not just a matter of taste and quality, but also about how the wine travels.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Government should warn against travel to flu-stricken mainland China areas

People wear masks to protect themselves from bird flu on a street. Photo: AFP

Rules and systems are built on core values respected and cherished by most Hongkongers. Unfortunately, judging from the way the government has been handling the issue of travel alerts recently, we seem to have become a city that is more controlled by leaders than guided by a proper system.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 4 comments

UN report shows Chinese now the world's biggest-spending tourists

Chinese shoppers stand with shopping bags on a sidewalk along 5th Avenue in New York. Photo: Reuters

Americans and Germans, the top spenders on overseas travel for years, were overtaken by mainlanders last year, according to a United Nations report released in Madrid on Thursday.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:06am