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Hong Kong people rush to join 'The World's Biggest Welcome'

26 Jan 2002

Cathay Pacific Airways yesterday launched "The World's Biggest Welcome", the biggest-ever campaign to give away 10,000 air tickets to boost tourism in Hong Kong. Free entry forms are available from today (Saturday) at MTR stations, 18 District Offices, Cathay Pacific check-in counters at both the In-Town Check-In and at Hong Kong International Airport.

Crowds formed early at many of the entry form pick-up points today, with people completing the forms straight away in the hope of being a winner in the lucky draw for tickets. Cathay Pacific will give away 10,000 return air tickets for Hong Kong ID card holders aged 18 or above to invite their friends and relatives living overseas to visit Hong Kong between 3 April and 3 July 2002. Due to the overwhelming response, Cathay Pacific will ensure that entry forms will be replenished at the designated pick-up points throughout the day during the promotion period.

Participants are reminded that nominees' names must be identical to the names shown on their passports, otherwise entries may be declared void. They should only select one port of departure in each entry. To make further nominations, they are required to fill out separate entry forms. A nominator can submit only one entry for each port of departure, and entry forms must be returned to the correct collection box of one of the four specified regions.

One of those picking up an entry form at the Causeway Bay MTR station was Ms Law. She said she would nominate an old schoolmate living in England. Ms Law remembered how her friend showed a great deal of kindness when she went to study in London. Since they have not seen each other for a long time, Ms Law would like to take this chance to invite her friend to Kong Kong. "I will take my friend to Lan Kwai Fong, because she's sure to have fun there, and also to eat seafood and other great Hong Kong dishes," said Ms Law.

Student Ishaq recently returned to Hong Kong after studying in Pakistan for a while. As he dropped off his completed form early on the first day of the campaign, he said he has nominated his father to fly to Hong Kong if he wins.

Many people said they were thinking of their friends and relatives overseas as they picked up entry forms, hoping to take this opportunity to invite them to Hong Kong. Some made international calls at the MTR station to get the personal details of their friends or relatives, enabling them to complete and return the forms right away. Others said their friends and relatives overseas had heard about the promotion and called to ask if they could be nominated.

Local celebrity Chua Lam is also keen to take part in this tourism-boosting campaign. Mr Chua, accompanied by Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen, dropped off his entry form at the MTR station in Central this afternoon.

Cathay Pacific's biggest-ever campaign to promote tourism will last from today until midnight on 2 February 2002. Completed entry forms can be dropped off at official collection counters located at the MTR stations at Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Kowloon Tong, and at Cathay Pacific check-in areas at Hong Kong International Airport.

The first 100 winners picked at draws held at Times Square between 30 January and 2 February 2002 will win an additional two free tickets for themselves to travel overseas. A Grand Draw on 5 February will determine the winner of a special Mega Prize from those 100 lucky winners. The remaining winners will be drawn on 6 February 2002 and notified by mail.