Geo-political tension threatens South China Sea cruise market: experts

The Star Pisces cruise ship is docked at the Ocean Terminal. Photo: Nora Tam

Military and political tensions in the South China Sea are threatening the development of Asia's burgeoning cruise holiday market, shipping and travel experts say.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 10:00am

Top travel websites offer unlicensed rooms

A selection of pictures provided by 9 Studios for a room for two available for online booking in Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, near Times Square. According to the government online database, there is no licensed guest house on that street. Photos: SCMP

Popular travel websites are offering online bookings for unlicensed guest houses in Hong Kong, exposing tourists to safety hazards, a South China Morning Post investigation reveals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am 2 comments

Snow clears smog but brings travel chaos to China

A snow-covered Beijing Olympic Park yesterday. More than a hundred flights in the capital were cancelled or delayed. Photo: Xinhua

Snowfall that swept across northern China over the weekend helped ease pollution that had choked parts of the country last week, but concerns about air quality were replaced with travel woes caused by snow and ice in several regions.

21 Jan 2013 - 10:55am

'Guest house' in Causeway Bay cagey about location

9 Studios describes the serviced apartments as a 30-second walk from Times Square. Photo: Bloomberg

Unlicensed guest houses are touting for business on popular travel websites - but dig a little deeper and their proprietors put up the "no vacancies" sign.

21 Jan 2013 - 6:19am

Planning a cheap trip? It will cost you

Prices are up for cheap tour packages but the cost of high-end tours has come down. Photo: Bloomberg

Hongkongers planning to go on bargain holidays during Lunar New Year will need to fork out an average 9 per cent more than they did last year.

Despite the higher travel cost, the Travel Industry Council is still expecting 5 per cent growth in outbound travel next month.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

A slice of Danish in California

A windmill and northern European-style shops in town. Photos:

A small town in California that owes its look to the Danish-Americans who settled there inspires songwriter Jim Messina, writes Alison Gee.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:26am

Travel Review: The Farm at San Benito

The Farm at San Benito

Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, The Farm at San Benito is considered one of the pioneers of Asia's wellness movement. A 90-minute drive from Manila airport, this healing sanctuary in the foothills of Mount Malarayat delivers the latest medical services alongside luxe spa treatments and gourmet raw cuisine.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:26am

Asia's World City still has a few unique gifts, if you look hard

Also known as G.O.D., Goods of Desire is a lifestyle accessories chain store. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

With the holidays upon us, our minds turn to gift-giving and the struggle to find something appropriate.

When my friends from the mainland travel to Hong Kong, they often ask me what they should buy as souvenirs for their friends.

What they really want is something memorable that won't be found elsewhere. I always wrestle with an answer.

24 Dec 2012 - 10:23am

Visitors flood into Hong Kong as locals hope to flee chill

Arriving and departing passenger traffic was busy but orderly at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday as the Christmas holidays began in earnest. Today will be the busiest day, with 1,067 flights scheduled, while almost 18,500 flights will be handled over the two weeks until January 7. Photos: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong has been infected with the travel bug this holiday season, with immigration staff expecting to handle 8.65 million journeys - most via the land crossings.

23 Dec 2012 - 1:55pm 4 comments

Tickets go on sale for high-speed rail link between Beijing and Guangzhou

Tickets for the Guangzhou to Beijing high-speed train journey.

Tickets for the much-hyped high-speed rail link between Beijing and Guangzhou went on sale yesterday, with prices ranging from 865 yuan (HK$1,067) in second class to 1,383 yuan in first class and 2,972 yuan for the VIP lounge - slightly cheaper per kilometre than the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed service.

21 Dec 2012 - 7:47am 2 comments

CIC calls on Europe to open up to China

Jin Liqun, CIC

European nations should ease visa limits to welcome Chinese consumers and be more open to foreign investors, an executive of China's US$482 billion sovereign wealth fund said yesterday.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

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

Briefs, December 6, 2012

Anyone caught aiding or inciting Tibetan self-immolations will be charged with murder, the state press said.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

Chinese-American backpacker tours China without a penny

Gu Yue tours China with no money. Photo: SCMP

Having spent much of the past decade roaming the globe as a backpacker, Chinese-American Gu Yue embarked on a three-month "travel-without-a-dime" tour of the mainland in September to learn more about the country where he was born and its people. The 33-year-old shares his experiences.

Can you first tell us a bit about yourself?

4 Nov 2012 - 4:31am

Hurricane Sandy causes travel chaos in the United States - and globally

A woman walks past a boarded-up Saks Fifth Avenue as New York braces for Sandy’s wrath. Photo: AFP

Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the US northeast yesterday and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe.

30 Oct 2012 - 7:55am