Date
19 October 2017
Travel agencies in Hong Kong say more people are opting for high-end arrangements during overseas group tours. Photo: Bloomberg
Travel agencies in Hong Kong say more people are opting for high-end arrangements during overseas group tours. Photo: Bloomberg

Overseas luxury group tour prices surge amid summer rush

Hong Kong has seen increased demand for overseas luxury tours this summer despite a significant rise in the group tour prices, according to the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.

As more people sought high-end hotel accommodation and better food arrangements, luxury tour operators have jacked up prices by as much as 35 percent compared to last year, Sky Post cited the industry group as saying.

A five-day luxury trip to Malaysia has been priced at HK$25,888 per head in a group tour, while a Thailand trip has been priced at HK$12,289, surpassing the HK$10,000 mark for the first time.

Steve Huen, executive director of EGL Tours, a company which organizes luxury group tours, said customers opting for five-day trips to Malaysia travel business class and stay at a Grand Hyatt hotel.

Those joining five-day tours to Thailand are entertained at high-end restaurants and are also put up at the Grand Hyatt, though they may only fly economy class.

At EGL, tours in July have been fully booked, he said.

Joseph Tung Yao-chung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, was quoted as saying that Hongkongers are showing stronger interest in overseas tours.

Given the increased demand, high-end tour operators have seen their business turnover rise 10 percent in the first half of 2015, compared to the same period last year, he said.

However, common tour group prices are said to have fallen around 6 percent on average.

For instance, a five-day ordinary group tour to South Korea costs about HK$3,419, down 12 percent from the previous year.

In the same segment, tour prices to Japan’s Honshu island and Hokkaido are down 14 percent and 10 percent respectively, according to the report.

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