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Cathay Pacific welcomes Government's new tourism policies

10 Oct 2001

Cathay Pacific Airways today welcomed the Hong Kong Government's range of new policies on tourism announced by Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa in his annual Policy Address. They include the construction of a new exhibition centre at Chek Lap Kok and the relaxation of restrictions to travellers from Mainland China. The airline believes these measures will strengthen Hong Kong's position as a leading aviation hub and help boost the local economy.

Cathay Pacific's Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: "As a Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific fully supports the Government's new policies. The establishment of an exhibition centre at Chek Lap Kok will attract more conventions and exhibitions to be held here, further enhancing Hong Kong as a leading aviation hub. Our global network covering 47 cities around the world will help to strengthen the international name of Hong Kong."

He added: "The measures to promote tourism from the Mainland will definitely attract more Mainland visitors to Hong Kong. At present, the Mainland economy remains robust despite the sluggish world economy. Mainland visitors are strong consumers in Hong Kong. The Government's new measures will bring more Mainland travellers to Hong Kong and promote trade across the border, which will benefit related industries and contribute to the growth of the whole economy. Mainland visitors frequently travel to other countries via Hong Kong, and Cathay Pacific will further enhance its products and services in response to these new tourism initiatives."