The government is sending out conflicting signals. On the one hand, we face a shortage of everything: we compete for hospital beds, milk powder, school places, housing, and even when we die, we compete for a place for our ashes.Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 2:31am 2 comments
The revised Trade Descriptions Ordinance, which is expected to be passed before June, will include the tourism industry, the Consumer Council's chief executive Gilly Wong Fung-han said.18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am
The call went out yesterday for stricter oversight of travel agencies after members of a mainland tour group spent a night on their coach and then were abandoned by their guides. The demand for action, from a union representing workers in the tourism industry, came as tour members spoke of their ordeal, with one describing it "like falling from heaven to hell".15 Feb 2013 - 4:01am 3 comments
Travel brochures, once a common sight, are now likelier to be found in a museum than a living room.10 Dec 2012 - 2:28am
Beijing's decision to break the monopoly of state-controlled TravelSky Technology in online air ticket sales has put foreign players in a dogfight for the robust and thriving market.11 Oct 2012 - 3:03am
The popularity of online agents has changed the way business is done in the travel industry.
While the Hong Kong market has been dominated by international and regional players, such as Zuji, Priceline, Flight Centre and Webjet, the city also has its home-grown online agents.27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Shanice Tang Ho-yan (right), web production and creative manager at ZUJI Hong Kong, thinks that with the growth of the internet and mobile device users, the demand for online travel agents will increase exponentially in the coming years.1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Package bookings for this summer's soccer World Cup in South Africa have fallen sharply but travel agencies are still hopeful of a late surge.
With less than 100 days before the big kick-off, Hong Tai Travel Services has only received a paltry 10 bookings. Deputy general manager Daniel Chan Kin-pang said: 'Four years ago, we had over 200 bookings.'5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am
It is still unclear when the mainland will open the outbound travel market to overseas players.10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am
Growing trend of last-minute bookings leaves travel agents battling to cope
The travel industry has seen a boom in outbound travel for the coming Easter holiday, with one travel agent reporting a 10 per cent increase in bookings and the Immigration Department predicting a 7.6 per cent increase in cross-border traffic.11 Apr 2006 - 12:00am
You'd have to have sneaking suspicions about a holiday package that has a 'special offer' like one in a recent advertisement.17 Jul 2004 - 12:00am
Hotels: If you are not booked in to a hotel as promised, the tour operator should book you in to another hotel of the same standard. However, if you find that the 5-star hotel you were promised has been downgraded to a 3-star, you should take pictures of the hotel as evidence so that you can justify your complaint to the Consumer Council later.7 Oct 2001 - 12:00am
Overseas travel agencies could be asked to help assess the potential danger of tourist attractions in the wake of the Manila Bay disaster.
And tour guides might be required to brief travellers on simple survival skills and safety warnings before certain activities.19 Aug 1997 - 12:00am
The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) was disturbed to learn from Linda Maxted (South China Morning Post, May 5), that a UK travel agent is not accepting bookings for Hong Kong after June 30.
Plenty of tour operators are offering programmes to Hong Kong.19 May 1997 - 12:00am
Tour agencies are expecting an Easter boom as travellers plan holidays to avoid the peak period during the handover.
Some agencies have reported full bookings for Easter and the industry's regulatory body has banned surcharges.10 Mar 1997 - 12:00am