Mainland tourists now want to shop for bargains rather than work and are less likely to overstay, the Beijing head of the Hong Kong Tourist Association said yesterday. Previously, many people from Guangdong and Fujian would visit relatives in Hong Kong and then start looking for work illegally, B. Y. Wong said. But this year, tourists already had good jobs and just wanted to have good holidays in the SAR. With more travellers arriving from affluent cities such as Shanghai and Beijing and fewer with relatives in Hong Kong, overstaying was no longer a problem. 'Those mainlanders travelling abroad on official business almost always returned. Those visiting family were not so reliable, Mr Wong said. 'In order to clamp down on this problem, China stepped up regulations, making it illegal to overstay visas and making it more difficult for mainlanders to go abroad unless they travel in tour groups. 'But the Chinese Government is now co-operating with the Hong Kong Tourist Association to promote Hong Kong's tourism market,' he said. Mainlanders comprise more than a quarter of all visitors to Hong Kong and are by far the SAR's largest source market.