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Old 12-05-2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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Protest over shop-till-you-drop tour - Yahoo! News

Macau riot police were called in to calm down 120 angry Chinese tourists on a wind-swept beach who had protested angrily to tour guides over an itinerary too packed with shopping.


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Old 12-05-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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I saw this. I know some cruise lines have this reputation of steering you towards certain stores, especially for jewelry. When we were in Kauai, our bus stopped at a non-descript store instead of Hilo Hatties. We didn't buy anything but a few postcards but I was surprised since it was not on our itinerary. Yes, I am suspicious by nature.

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Tour guide in certain countries get paid to bring their group to a shop and a kick back on what is purchased there (this is usually in carpet shops).
I know because once I was walking around in an Indian city and was mistaken for a tour guide.
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Originally Posted by bssc View Post
When we were in Kauai, our bus stopped at a non-descript store instead of Hilo Hatties.
There's a lot of competition for "partnerships" with the cruise lines. Oddly enough NCL is still losing money at it.

As for a non-descript store instead of Hilo Hatties, they might have done you a favor!

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