Tourism chiefs are hoping a new 'pressure-free shopping' package tour will help rebuild confidence after the row over mainland tourists being forced to shop by guides. The four-day tour, devised by the Tourism Board and the Beijing Tourism Administration's 'Honest and Quality Travel' campaign, will make its debut on November 14. Tourists joining the first one will pay a special rate of 3,780 yuan each. The tour is promoted as offering no-pressure shopping, as an alternative to the high-pressure tactics of commission-seeking agents who have drawn complaints from mainland tourists. A Tourism Board spokeswoman said the launch of the new scheme had been planned for more than a year. Five mainland agencies had been selected to participate. Instead of being taken to designated shops, tourists would be taken to major shopping districts such as Mong Kok and Causeway Bay and would enjoy the freedom to buy as much, or as little, as they wished, she said. While some shopping tours charged elderly people and children extra because they were less likely to shop, the new tour package would not do this. The tour also included a one-day ticket to Hong Kong Disneyland and one night's accommodation at Disney's Hollywood Hotel; morning yum cha and one seafood meal at Lei Yue Mun. Tourists would stay at a four-star hotel for the other two nights. Apart from the package tour for groups, this new scheme also included a four-day package for individual travellers priced at 3,150 yuan, including direct flights and three nights at a hotel. The board said 100 tickets for direct flights between Hong Kong and Beijing had been reserved for the first batch of tourists. Joseph Tung Yao-chung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, believed that pressure-free shopping tours could make the city's tourism healthier. The Tourism Board said that if the response rate was good, the tours would be launched in other provinces. Meanwhile, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said the government and tourism industry representatives would discuss how to resolve the issue of zero-fee tours and would raise it with mainland authorities. Mr Ip's statement came after more than 200 angry tour guides condemned the Travel Industry Council and said the government was making them the scapegoats of the issue. Wong Ka-hoi, leader of the Tour Guides General Union, said guides' incomes would be greatly affected without the shopping schemes.