cloudfront

Hong Kong To Raise Tour Group Fees

20 Dec 2011


Immigration News

The stamp duty and charges for inbound mainland tour groups will likely be increased to finance new regulations for the travel industry.

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is set to establish a new independent statutory body to regulate the travel industry.

It will take over the tourism regulatory functions of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, according to a source.

The total operating costs of the new measures are expected to be more than HK$50 million a year, compared to the HK$24 million annual expenses of the council.

Once the new body is set up, the reallocation of stamp duty and charges for mainland tour groups will be subject to detailed discussion.

The bureau conducted consultations and a thorough review of the council's regulatory structure six months ago.

It reviewed the role of the council in the wake of several serious disputes involving local tour guides and mainland tourists in recent years.

The incidents were due to unacceptable behavior of the local guides.

The purpose of setting up the new body is to confer the regulatory power of the council in four main categories namely licensing, monitoring, inspecting and penalizing travel agencies that violate laws.

The bureau will draft legal regulatory powers for the new body to be submitted to the Legislative Council.

The new authority will essentially function on the current set of guidelines.

It will consist of more than 70 staff with the number of non- industry practitioners being greater than those in the industry.

But the exact ratio of industry practitioners to council committee members is still under negotiation.

However, the council will retain the power of training young talent, advertising and crisis management.

If Hongkongers are involved in accidents overseas or non- regulatory duties require to be performed in the travel industry, the government will still consider providing financial aid to the council.


QUICK ENQUIRY

  •  I agree to the Privacy Policy
Thanks for all your help and support. Really ...

Jxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxM
Germany

GJS...

Thank you so much. We are pleased to associate ...

Rxxxxxx xxxxxx
Canada

CANADA VISA ( FEDERAL ...

Your team was very helpful in following up ...

Jxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

Thank you very much for all the guidance ...

Vxxxxxx xxxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

Opulentus has been very helpful. My case officers ...

Vxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxN
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

I am very glad to choose Opulentus. Thanks to ...

Pxxxxxx xxxxxxR
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

The team at Opulentus has been very helpful ...

Lxxxxxxx xxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

I thank you very much for all the ...

Pxxxxxxxx xxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

I am very happy and pleased with the ...

Bxxxxxxx xxxxH
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

Thanks a lot Opulentus for your patience and ...

Rxxxxxx xxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

View All

Hi! How can we help you?

Click below button to start chat

Chat Icon
chat icon