Potential damper to pyrotechnic show

Eunice Lam and Wallis Wang

Authorities will announce whether the pyrotechnic display over Victoria Harbour near Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade will be held as scheduled on Labor Day, says Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, amid thunderstorm forecasts on Wednesday.

Mainland visitors started trooping to sightseeing spots yesterday, ahead of the Labor Day golden week from Wednesday to Sunday.

Yeung said the administration has made border and traffic arrangements in advance to ease tourist crowds and he is confident that visitors will enjoy their holiday in Hong Kong.

He said hotels have seen a surge in bookings and hopes the weather improves. Yeung added: “It may rain on May 1 so we have to be prepared, and accept the reality that bad weather will affect tourists.

”We may have to wait until May 1 afternoon to announce whether the pyrotechnic display will be affected … I hope tourists visiting Hong Kong can be prepared.”

The observatory’s scientific officer, Wong Ka-hing, said it will be cloudy on Wednesday, with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and whether the pyrotechnic display can be held depends on wind speed, direction and location.

Citybus said it will enhance the golden week experience by expanding its sightseeing fleet Route H2K to a maximum headway of 20 minutes, while Heritage Route H1 and Cultural Route H2 will provide service at half-hour intervals.

Citybus added: “Grasping this golden opportunity for tourists flocking to Hong Kong, we are enhancing our Cityflyer and road border services to a remarkable headway of seven minutes.”

Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat, meanwhile, said meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions showed a robust recovery over the past year.

”In 2023, among the 1.3 million overnight MICE arrivals, more than 60 percent are M&I visitors, who not only have higher spending power but also attach greater importance to the quality of travel,” he said.

The board recently hosted the largest-ever trade familiarization trip for meeting-and-incentive travel agents, which attracted about 110 trade partners from the mainland, Southeast Asia, South Korea and India.

Simultaneously, the board rolled out a brand-new Hong Kong Incentive Playbook featuring more than 100 tourism experiences.

The dedicated thematic website lists novel and unique experiences and group activities for travelers, such as Chinese ink painting, Tai Chi classes and singing bowl experiences.

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