A group of tour operators is considering going on strike and applying for a judicial review over new restrictions imposed by the Travel Industry Council.
The Hong Kong Tourism Practitioners’ Union has called on members to boycott shops and other establishments included in a list released by the council.
The council has asked operators to take tour groups only to the pre-registered travel spots and threatened to revoke the licenses of those found to be forcing tourists to shop or eat in their chosen establishments.
Lam Siu-lun, the union’s honorary president, said the council’s plan to withdraw the license of firms facing complaints from tourists is like rendering judgment without trial, adding that industry practitioners should have the freedom to take tourists to shops they want to visit as long as those establishments are legal.
Lam also doubted if the council has the authority to supervise the tourism industry under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.
The council’s chairman Jason Wong has called for cooperation from industry practitioners, noting that the new measures are meant to enhance consumer protection and the council will only act if there is sufficient evidence collected by judicial authorities.
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