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Hong Kong to Tighten Tour Guide Rules after Mega Bridge Opens

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Hong Kong to Tighten Tour Guide Rules after Mega Bridge OpensHong Kong is making quick progress in setting up stiffer restrictions for tour guides. This move became inevitable after holidaymakers, believed to be led by illegal agents from mainland China flooded Tung Chung.

In recent times, Lantau Island (a usually quiet town) has been heavily swamped by tourists. This development has been linked directly to the opening of a mega-bridge – Cross Border Bridge to Zhuhai and Macau. Henceforth, after bill passing in consideration before the city’s legislature, it will be a criminal offense for any guide to operate without license because some guides have been accused of breaching employment laws which do not allow mainlanders to work in Hong Kong.

Over the past two weeks, serious tensions were observed between the locals and visitors as thousands of people from mainland flooded Tung Chung after crossing the new bridge. Scenes like this were also witnessed in the past by other border towns. In fact, arrests were made when a clash broke out during a protest by locals.

The executive director of Hong Kong’s Travel Industry Council, Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee said only 100 mainland group tours (comprising about 3,000 tourists) registered with local agents to operate in Hong Kong last Sunday. This happened to be 6% of the total number of tourists that crossed the bridge on the same day.

Rule Of Engagement for Tour Guides

Existing laws do not allow any non-locals to provide services that have to do with accommodation arrangement, sightseeing or transportation without a licensed Hong Kong tour agent.

Any tour agent from the mainland that is only involved in the arrangement of cross-border transport without interfering with travellers’ itinerary does not need to apply for a license.

Operators have been demanded to follow laws in Hong Kong as illegal mainland tourists have become a great concern according to the Department of Culture and Tourism in Guangdong Province.

The Travel Industry Bill will be pushed to get a second reading before the year runs out according to the Hong Kong Tourism Commission.

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Hong Kong Gets Cold Response to New Immigration Scheme

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Hong Kong Gets Cold Response to New Immigration SchemeHong Kong, in its effort to attract top talents to the country’s tech sector, designed and launched a fast track Immigration Scheme. Launched on June 25, 2018, the Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) reduced the immigration scheme from a processing period of a few months to just a few weeks. Great things were expected of the scheme but unfortunately, have not yielded anything close to the expectations. The innovation minister of the city said the scheme had met lukewarm response while reporting on the situation.

In the first three months of the scheme (the pilot program), only a little 150 applications were received and processed as reported by Nicholas Yang Wei-Hsiung, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology. The expectation of officials for the first year of the three-year scheme is to have a minimum of a thousand applications. While the one year is still a significant distance away, early signs do not point to the possibility of achieving this target. 3 months is one-fourth of a year. Hence, 150 applications for 3 months will give a cumulative of 600 applications for the whole year, and this is with the assumption that things don’t further deteriorate.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Yang, said that from the total of 150 applications received and processed, 123 were approved. While responding to the situation, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor (leader of Hong Kong), described it as “not ideal.” He said this is perhaps because of changes in the economy as well as the time needed to work out a comprehensive plan by business owners.

Benefits of Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS)

  • Certainty for business owners to proceed with recruitment and business plan
  • Streamlined admission procedure which makes it considerably shorter
  • A Shorter period of obtaining the visa/entry permit
  • More local job opportunities

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