Date
13 December 2017
Travel Industry Council's Joseph Tung (R) has been under fire for failing to safeguard the interests of local tour guides. Photos: HKEJ, Metro Daily
Travel Industry Council's Joseph Tung (R) has been under fire for failing to safeguard the interests of local tour guides. Photos: HKEJ, Metro Daily

Tour guides stage another protest against Joseph Tung

More than 100 tour guides staged a protest in Hong Kong Wednesday to demand the resignation of Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung.

Tung has lost credibility, the tour guides said, alleging that the official had failed to protect their interests. It marked the second such protest in a month.

Tung has been criticized for failing to take proper action after a local tour guide was attacked by a tourist recently. 

Five representatives of the tour guides handed in a petition to Travel Industry Council chairman Michael Wu Siu-ying at the council’s office in North Point on Wednesday, Apple Daily reported. They pledged to step up their action if Wu chose to retain Tung in the council executive body.

Wu said he will meet with the tour guides in the coming two weeks to discuss their problems, according to the report.

Tour guides in the city have been worked up since a female guide was attacked by a 22-year-old mainland tourist in July.

Tung is said to have paid little attention to the matter, prompting dozens of tour guides to stage a protest at the council office in early August. Wednesday’s protest marked a continuation of that action.

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