The Hong Kong Travel Industry Council may ask local travel agents to ensure they collect all fees before receiving mainland tours. This follows an incident on Tuesday night when 200 tourists from the mainland were left behind in Wan Chai. With tens of thousands of mainland tourists expected to visit during the 'golden week' National Day holiday, the council is anxious to avoid a similar scene. The tourists were left at Golden Bauhinia Square for two hours when a local tour agent refused to carry on with the journey because it had not received the promised fee of about $80,000 from the mainland operator running the tour. The council's executive director, Joseph Tung Yao-chung, said the mainland tour guide called the police after a quarrel with the local agent over the payment. 'My understanding is that the tourists were worried over the dispute. But later that night, the local agent promised to carry on with the journey and the tourists were sent back to the hotel,' he said. With the council promising to help the local tour agent get the money from the operator, based in Kunming, the tourists proceeded with their trip to Macau yesterday. The dispute was settled yesterday when the mainland operator paid all the fees to the local tour agent. A spokesperson for the mainland firm said the dispute was caused by a delayed remittance. Mr Tung said the dispute was an isolated case, but the council would seek to have mainland agents pay all relevant fees before sending their clients to Hong Kong. 'To prevent this from happening again, we are now looking into the possibility of asking all our members to settle all the payment before the tour starts, or else they have to continue with the journey even though they haven't received the promised payment.'