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HKU leaks and injunction order, discussion with Eric Cheung & Timothy O’Leary of HKU, Yuen Chan of CUHK, the on-going problem of low-cost tours from mainland (07 Nov 2015)

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How publicly accountable does a publicly-funded tertiary institution, like the University of Hong Kong need to be? The battle about where rights to privacy and confidentiality end and the public right to know begins is continuing … none of this is doing much for the university’s image and credibility. With us in the studio are Eric Cheung of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law, Timothy O’Leary of its School of Humanities and Yuen Chan from the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. NOT with us are any official representatives of the University of Hong Kong or its council. We did ask, but you can see the result. Recent government figures show that the overall number of tourists visiting Hong Kong in the first half of September fell 1.7% year-on-year. The number of mainland visitors dropped by 0.2%, and there were 6.4% fewer tourists from elsewhere. While the authorities seem to worry most about mainland visitors, it’s the other tourist groups that are declining most. In the first eight months of this year, visits by tourists from the mainland actually rose 0.8% while visits by other tourists fell 3.4%. The government said it’s adding an additional $10 million in funds to support the tourism sector. No matter how much money authorities spend, tourists themselves don’t always want to spend a lot, and that’s why many mainlanders sign up for low-price tours arranged by mainland travel agencies. The problems that result were highlighted on Thursday with the arrest of the manager of the Hung Hom jewellery shop, previously in the news for a fatal fracas involving a mainland tourist and known for specialising in catering to tourists from across the border. She is accused of various offences, including forcing customers to make purchases.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Station: 
RTHK
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