Overseas tour prices may be frozen every month to stop a cost-cutting war that tourism chiefs claim is leaving travellers short-changed. The Travel Industry Council says agents are in danger of 'losing their heads' in their attempts to reduce prices and lure more customers. Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said travellers risked ending up with sub-standard tours as offerings were trimmed along with prices. 'You find packages are not packed, with event days changed to more leisure days,' he said. 'Agents are changing the contents of the tours in an attempt to match the new prices.' To try to curb price-cutting, the council plans to ban agents from changing prices more than once a month. Under the current system, prices have to be lodged with the council but can be altered daily. The new scheme would allow agents to change their prices only on a set date. Between price changes, travel agents could offer extra activities on tours to compensate for any drop in prices of air fares or hotels, Mr Tung said. He said the council's executive would discuss the matter next month. Mr Tung hoped the scheme could be launched in April. A travel agent yesterday warned the scheme could face problems. Lotus Tours deputy managing director Spencer Lau Lai-choi said: 'This may not be that practical. 'Prices from the airlines or even from the hotels change so frequently because of the changing exchange rate and present economic situation,' he said. However, Ridy Suen, leisure travel manager of Thomas Cook Travel Services, said prices had been dropping rapidly as some agents cut activities from tours. 'It is the trend. If one tour agent just includes minimum things in the itinerary and then lowers the price, then others will follow,' she said. The Consumer Council said there had been no recent increase in the number of complaints about tour quality.