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Easy e-visas spark Taiwan visitor rush

Hong Kong is expecting a flood of visitors from Taiwan following the easing of visa regulations. Opulentus Hong KongIsland residents may now submit their pre-arrival registration details through the e-service platform on the GovHK website. Successful applicants may also print their own notification slips and present them with their travel documents upon arrival. In its first two weeks - the service was launched on September 1 - about 27,000 Taiwan residents registered, the Immigration Department said. Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said the new service will attract more island visitors, especially the younger generation. "The forthcoming Halloween season with its myriad parties and events and the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival at Lan Kwai Fong are likely to be major draws," Tien said. To tie in with the service, the board has collaborated with four airlines and more than 50 travel agents to launch promotions and discount packages. One Taipei resident keen on the new service is Hong Kong fan Emily Tseng, who normally visits six or seven times a year. "Before, I had to pay several hundred new Taiwan dollars to apply for a visa through a travel agent in Taiwan, but now I can do it myself online and the service is free," she said. "I just print out the slip and fly to Hong Kong - and I can spend more in Hong Kong from the money I saved." Source: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=126740&sid=37728931&con_type=1&d_str=20120924&fc=10

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