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Promoting Tourism

31.       The tourism industry brings in significant revenue and provides abundant employment opportunities.


32.        We are well-positioned to enhance our cosmopolitan tourism profile further.  While visitors from all around the world come to Hong Kong for business or to attend conventions and exhibitions, many are here for shopping, dining, as well as cultural and leisure activities that are a fusion of East and West.  This demonstrates the charisma of Hong Kong as a fashionable and cosmopolitan city.


33.        The Government will continue to support the build-out of our tourism infrastructure and develop new attractions in order to increase our appeal to visitors.  Following the opening of the Hong Kong Wetland Park and Ngong Ping 360 and the completion of new attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, the redevelopment of Ocean Park started late last year.  By the end of this year, we also plan to invite tenders for a new cruise terminal to be situated at Kai Tak.  It is expected that the first berth will be completed in 2012.  In addition, we will promote green tourism in line with the principles of conservation and sustainable development, so that more visitors can enjoy Hong Kong's natural beauty.


34.        The Mainland is our biggest source market for visitors.  There are now 49 Mainland cities covered by the Individual Visit Scheme, under which about 260 million people can visit Hong Kong.  In support of the "honest and quality tourism" policy of the Mainland, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will focus its efforts in these cities on promoting Hong Kong's quality tourism services, consumer protection and consumer rights.  Separately, the Consumer Council will, in conjunction with the tourism industry, provide additional shopping information and assistance to Mainland visitors.


35.        To boost the confidence of tourists and citizens in shopping in Hong Kong, the Consumer Council will review existing measures to protect consumer rights, including ways to improve the relevant legislation to combat misleading and undesirable sales practices.


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