Types of Tourism

Does tourism bring more damage than economic benefits?

Melody Cheung, 16, St Paul's Secondary School

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012, 12:00am

Four options to end abuse of tourists

Proposals for better regulation of the tourism industry to curb abuses such as forced shopping were rolled out yesterday, and could cost up to HK$22 million a year.

The most expensive of the four options put forward by the government, for a new statutory body to regulate the industry, would need new legislation and could take up to two-and-a half years to implement.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Bargain tours to Japan up for grabs

For those not put off by strong aftershocks and a red travel alert, bargain tours to Japan will be on offer from next Saturday.

EGL Tours and Package Tour will be the only agencies in town to restart tours to Japan this month. They will skip northeast Japan and Tokyo and target southern destinations and Hokkaido.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Does tourism bring more damage than economic benefits?

Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph's College

There's no doubt that tourism brings economic progress. However, it causes so much damage to the culture and environment of a place that the benefits far outweigh the financial gains.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Sustainability slow to take root

With fleets of jets ferrying passengers around the globe and hotels doing all they can to ensure the comfort of tourists, the hospitality and tourism industry generates tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

What's cooking?

The Tourism Board will add an annual food festival in October to its lineup of major events. Do you think it will be a success and do you have other ideas for ways to attract more visitors to the city? Write to us

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Buying package tours is no time to be naive

Package tours are designed to make holidays trouble-free. With the travel arrangements, hotel, food and sightseeing taken care of, all that is required is to show up at the designated time. That is at least how the idea is supposed to work. Most times it does, but as we report today, in an increasing number of instances, it does not.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Exotic destinations in vogue

Summer is here and, thanks to the buoyant economy, Hongkongers are packing their suitcases and heading for overseas holiday destinations like never before.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The throng march

In 1974, when Alan Lew travelled from the US to Hong Kong for the first time, China was a no-go zone and he was largely in the dark over what lay north of Hong Kong's border.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Association seeks strategic group spokesman

A welcoming smile and strong business development skills are needed to bring tourism industry professionals together and act as the spokesman for their specialist group.

The Quality Tourism Services Association is a trade association that provides a wide range of benefits to members to protect their interests and strengthen their service quality standards.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

wild at art

If your holiday videos lack pizazz and you fancy a walk on the wild side, why not hone your photographic skills with a two-week photo safari complete with an award-winning cameraman? Safari specialist Walker and Hammond is offering tailor-made trips to the African plains with BBC cameraman Warren Samuels, of Big Cat Diaries fame, and editor Rob O'Meara.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Joint effort to boost cultural tourism

Training scheme planned to brief tour guides on city's history

Heritage, tourism and education authorities have joined ranks to promote cultural tourism in the city, a move prompted by visitor demand.

Their move came as three travel agents were arrested yesterday for allegedly hiring three residents without tourist guide passes to act as tour guides.

24 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Travel agents on danger-trip alert

Caution urged over countries affected by terrorism, crime

China's tourism watchdog has cautioned travel agents about organising tours to countries hit by terrorism or to destinations where Chinese have been targets of robberies or abuse.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The grass isn't always greener

It sounds like the perfect way for conscientious travellers to conserve the planet while on holiday, but ecotourism is big business and comprises a forest of contradictions.

24 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Cultural tours 'cater to a phantom market'

Just 3 per cent of Hong Kong's visitors are cultural tourists, a survey shows, and a hotel and tourism professor says the research indicates the city is catering to a 'phantom demand' for cultural tourism.

But the Hong Kong Tourism Board hit back at the claims, saying the 'cultural kaleidoscope' of the city was more than just art galleries and old buildings.

10 Apr 2004 - 12:00am