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'Cathay Pacific - The World's Biggest Welcome' tally tops 500,000

01 Feb 2002

Cathay Pacific has so far received more than half-a-million entries to "The World's Biggest Welcome" lucky draw. A last-minute crush is expected at collection points before they close at midnight on Saturday.

There will be a mountain of more than 200,000 entries at tomorrow's Times Square draw from people who nominated friends in North America to receive one of the 10,000 tickets that Cathay Pacific is giving away to boost tourism in Hong Kong.

Today's initial winners were drawn from people who nominated friends and family living in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Of the 30 winners: 8 picked Melbourne; 6 Brisbane; 1 Cairns; 9 Sydney; 3 Auckland; 1 Johannesburg; and 2 Perth.

Legislative Councillor Ms Chan Yuen-han, speaking at today's draw, said Cathay Pacific's campaign will benefit the Hong Kong economy and urged other companies to follow the airline's lead.

"Not only Cathay Pacific but the entire Hong Kong economy and tourism industry will benefit from 'The World's Biggest Welcome' campaign. It also gives Hong Kong people something cheerful to talk about.

"Hong Kong has been flooded with news of company closures, staff layoffs, pay cuts, family violence and suicides. In times like these it is particularly encouraging to have a private company spending millions of dollars to boost Hong Kong tourism."

Ms Chan added: "Being a listed company in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific's campaign is definitely welcomed by the public. I hope that other companies, particularly those with huge profits, will follow suit and launch similar activities which benefit both the companies and the entire community."

Among the others present at the draw were local celebrity Andy Hui, Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Philip Chen, and District Council Chairmen Mr Wu Chor Nam, Mr Chau How Chen, and District Council Vice-Chairperson Mr Lau Wai Wing and Ms Chau Chuen Heung.

Each day's draw follows a theme designed to highlight different aspects of Hong Kong as a world class tourist destination. Today's theme is the good service that visitors get.

All 100 winners from these initial draws will receive two additional air tickets for their own travel and will automatically qualify for the special Grand Draw on 5 February. All winners will be notified individually.

Entry form drop-off points are located at six MTR stations - Central, Admiralty, Causeway Bay, Kowloon Tong, Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui, and at the departure level of the Hong Kong International Airport.

Full details of the campaign together with the terms and conditions of the draw can be viewed at the Cathay Pacific Website: www.cathaypacific.com.hk. Pictures can be downloaded at: www.cathaypacific.com/eng/cathaypacificworld/releases
Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Philip Chen together with two colleagues, General Manager Corporate Communication Mr Alan Wong and Manager Corporate Communication Mrs Rosita Ng, delighted to pick the first three winners in the third draw for the "Cathay Pacific - The World's Biggest Welcome" - Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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Ms Chan Yuen Han, Legislative Councillor for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, seen here picking three lucky winners in the third draw for the "Cathay Pacific - The World's Biggest Welcome" - Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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Local celebrity Mr Andy Hui seen here with Cathay Pacific cabin crew at the "The World's Biggest Welcome" on the third day draw, presenting his autograph which will be put along side the 'Icon of Hong Kong' to be displayed at the grand draw held on 5 February.
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