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Title: The legal aspects of “zero-fare” tour in shopping tourism : a case of Chinese visitors in Hong Kong
Other Titles: 零团费旅游的法律问题 :以香港的中国旅客为例
Authors: Tse, TSM 
Tse, QKT
Keywords: China outbound tourism
Shopping and retailing in tourism
Socio-cultural aspects of tourism
Tourism planning and management
Tourism policy
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal of China tourism research (中國旅游硏究), 2015, v. 11, no. 3, p. 297-314 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of China tourism research (中國旅游硏究) 
Abstract: The governments of China and Hong Kong have adopted different legal approaches to tackle “zero-fare” tours in shopping tourism. This paper describes, analyzes, and evaluates the legal aspects of the two approaches. It is found that the Chinese government chooses to address the issue by enacting the Tourism Law with specific articles targeting “zero-fare” tours; whereas the Hong Kong government is taking over the regulatory role of travel agencies by setting a high threshold instead of dealing with “zero-fare” tours specifically. The Chinese Tourism Law has created some short-lived impacts in the first year but a longer-term impact is yet to be seen. While the legislative process in Hong Kong is still going on, the industry practice in “zero-fare” tour operations has further evolved, thus there is a risk of making the legislation less relevant. While this is a case study about Hong Kong, it expounds on a real issue which has relevance beyond Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China, particularly to destinations that have an interest in receiving more Chinese visitors.
ISSN: 1938-8160
EISSN: 1938-8179
DOI: 10.1080/19388160.2015.1086709
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