Mainland tourism authorities will be asked to help step up regulation of holidays to the SAR after top-level talks yesterday on a series of disastrous trips. They will be asked to ensure mainland tourists receive an itinerary and confirmation of all arrangements - including hotel accommodation and sightseeing tours - from the Hong Kong tour operator before they leave home. Consumers would then know exactly what they were paying for and who was providing the service at this end. Mainland booking agents would also be asked to deal only with Hong Kong agents who were Travel Industry Council members. Council and Economic Services Bureau officials met to discuss three recent incidents in which hundreds of mainlanders were left stranded or complaining of poor treatment over Lunar New Year. Council chairman Simon Hau Suk-kei said they had agreed the Government would write to tourism chiefs over the border asking for co-operation. Mr Hau said Secretary for Economic Services Stephen Ip Shu-kwan, his deputy, Maria Kwan Sik-ning, and principal assistant secretary Joe Wong Chi-cho had said they might also seek meetings with mainland officials. Problems arose on Sunday when 142 mainland tourists protested against what they described as sub-standard services provided by Chinese Overseas (HK) Travel. The agent is a council member and Mr Hau said it appeared not to be at fault because it had stuck to an itinerary it had given the mainland agent that had taken the booking. Days earlier, hundreds of mainlanders were left for hours at the China Ferry Terminal by another council member, Joy Luck International Travel, which was in dispute over debts with the booking agent.