19 Jun '11, 4am

'Zero-fee' tours on the rise, again

'Zero-fee' tours on the rise, again

Hong Kong is being touted as a "shoppers paradise" by purveyors of illegal zero-fee tours, as Shenzhen prepares for thousands of visitors to this year's World University Games. Fraudulent advertisements already had popped up. Four Shenzhen travel agencies have been charged with organizing illegal tours for mainland visitors to Hong Kong. Each company was fined 100,000 yuan and ordered to suspend operations for two months. But tens of thousands of yuan have already been lost by victims who booked the illegal tours, the Shenzhen government revealed at a Thursday media conference. "Illegal cross-border tourism activities have been there for a long time, yet the university games, which would attract numerous visitors to Shenzhen, and further to Hong Kong, had evoked the fire of the devil," said Yi Nengquan, director of the Shenzhen Sports and Tourism Bureau. In the past few mo...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1St...

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