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HK gov't will seek the truth re: national champion's death

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HK gov't will seek the truth re: national champion's death

source: takungpao

translated by cici@Asianeu

 

Mrs Lau stressed that cooperation with the police will establish to seek the truth to the end

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Hong Kong's reputation as a shopping paradise could be smirched by the death of an ex-national champion, Chen Youming, which was caused by a fake tour guide.

 

Following the discovery of the tour guide's stolen identity, yesterday surfaced a different version of how Mainland Chinese tour group was outsourced to Wing Shing Travel Agency. According to Wing Shing travel documents sent to TIC, the tour group that Chen YouMing participated, which was received by Wing Shing, was transferred from Shenzhen BaoAn; yet, Shenzhen BaoAn denied saying they would only directly transfer tour group to Hong Kong BaoAn, not outsourcing to other travel agencies. Police had classified national champion death's case as "to obtain pecuniary advantage by deception" and case will be followed by Yau Tsim District. Yesterday morning, Wing Shing Travel Agency Director was taken to the police station to offer statement and the Director said he discovered the tour guide borrowing another's document only after the exposure. Shenzhen Tourism Bureau confirmed that the tour group came from Shenzhen Professionals' Workers International Travel Service. After an investigation, Bureau did not think the shopping itineraries had any hidden agenda and Bureau is currently investigating whether tour group package price was too low, in addition, Bureau could not reach Cheng SiuBing, the tour guide without a license.

 

TIC Director Joseph Tung said there were too many loopholes in this incident. He found it unreasonable for the travel agency to not check a person's ID card before hiring and he had asked the travel agency to explain as soon as possible. Mrs Rita Lau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, regretted the incident and stressed that SCEC will cooperate with the police to seek the truth to the end. Also, SCEC is drafting legislation to protect consumers from high-pressure sales practices. Meanwhile, Travel Industry Council and the Commissioner met with Shenzhen Tourism Bureau for a meeting to step up inspections and increase penalties for operation without a license. In the meeting, suggestion included sending undercover agents to participate in tour group to investigate tour group quality in order to secure HK tourism development, such that when there's a violation, tour agency will be penalized heavily.

 

Yesterday, Chen Youming's family also thanked the HKSAR government for placing high priority to this incident.

 

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is good that the government is making this move so that problem can be solved

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Good. there should be an investigation.

Do some of these tours pressure tourists to buy? - like a minimum spending amount or something?

 

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Of course there should be an investigation, these tour guides will get some commission if they bring tourists to their places to shop. It can get so annoying too cause that's where they will bring you for like a whole day.

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if the guy is not a Chinese national champion just a regular joe from somewhere. would hk government react this way?? this incident is being politicized.

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Yup totally agreed! If the deceased is an unknown Joe from Mainland, this news will probably on a tiny section of region news instead having HK government to investigate his death. However the travel agency need to be punish, hiring a fake tour guide is simply unforgivable...

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I had joined some local tour before, some tour guides are very pushy, even rude and sarcastic too, especially if you don't buy anything from the stores they take to to. The tour company is at fault, not checking their employees identity carefully.

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The tour is really bad in Hong Kong. You won't let you go if you don't buy anything from the shop show you

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