Travel Agencies

Letters to the Editor, February 23, 2013

Man's best friend or feral fiend? Photo: David Wong

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

Trade law to protect tourists from crooked travel agencies

Gilly Wong Fung-han. Photo: Amy Nip

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

Call for supervision of tourism firms after mainland tourists sleep on bus

Joseph Tung Yao-chung. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

Modern travel: the best ways to get a discount

Holidaymakers have several options these days to find the best price for flights and hotels. Photo: Edward Wong

Travel brochures, once a common sight, are now likelier to be found in a museum than a living room.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:28am

Sky is the limit for global ticket firms

Mainland airlines will add 4,583 planes to their fleets by 2030 while the number of passengers has grown an average 15.3 per cent. Photo: AFP

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

Gathering momentum

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

Online sales agents in demand as travel booms

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

Hong Kong soccer fans give World Cup package deals the red card

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

Prospects remain clouded with the mainland outbound travel market off-limits to overseas investors

It is still unclear when the mainland will open the outbound travel market to overseas players.

10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Boom in outbound travel over Easter break

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

Perfect package for touring hypochondriacs

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

10 Things to watch out for when...Buying mainland package tours

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

Travel firms may be asked to assess danger

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

Sending out positive message

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 expecting Easter holiday rush

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