Hong Kong Disneyland tours "Risky and unprofitable" - 6/7/05

The opening of Hong Kong's Disneyland in September was supposed to be a boon for local travel agencies, but many agents say they are hesitant to sell tickets to the amusement park due to strict regulations, and a huge deposit demanded by park operators.

While shanghai International Travel Service is currently accepting reservations for the first tour group to visit the amusement park, which is scheduled to open on September 12, others say they are worried selling Disney tours will be risky and unprofitable.

All members of the tour must confirm they will make the trip before July 27 and put down a 1,500 yuan deposit, which they will lose if they later drop out.

"We've received many calls inquiring about the tour," said a salesman with the Shanghai International. "Most calls are from companies that intend to offer the tour to their clients as a bonus. Few individual tourists have called."