A body representing tour guides has called on the industry watchdog to step up enforcement against unauthorised mainland guides working in Hong Kong. The Travel Industry Council prohibits its members from hiring guides from the mainland to work in Hong Kong. But the Tourist Guides Association yesterday warned that more mainland guides and Hong Kong agencies were expected to break the rules ahead of the opening of Disneyland in September. The government has agreed that every tourist guide serving a group of 25 travellers can enjoy free admission to the theme park. The association estimates that about 200 travel groups will visit Disney every day, and each group will have 50 tourists. 'Our licensed tourist guides may not be able to enjoy the job opportunities brought by Disney, as many travel agencies either hire illegal tour guides or bring along their own travel guides to cut costs,' association chairman Vincent Yip Yung-kei said yesterday. 'Some mainland travel groups bring along their own tour guides and drivers.' There are 6,000 licensed tourist guides in Hong Kong, according to the group, which urged the government to learn from Macau and deploy inspectors at tourist spots to check if guides are properly licensed. Under an industry rule, a member of the Travel Industry Council may be fined $10,000 if it is found to have hired an unlicensed guide, $50,000 for a second offence and $100,000 on subsequent ones. But the association claims the council rule is rarely enforced. The council's executive director, Joseph Tung Yao-chung, said there was no sign that more travel agencies were hiring illegal tour guides. The council did conduct checks on tour guides' licences. The group will meet Tourism Commissioner Eva Cheng Yu-wah to discuss the issue tomorrow.