The Hong Kong government will identify land sites to enable development of new convention and exhibition facilities in the city, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday.
Authorities need to take steps in view of the projected shortfall in convention and exhibition venues, Leung said in his annual policy address.
Citing a study, the chief executive said that by 2028 there could be a shortfall of about 130,000 square meters of convention and exhibition venues in Hong Kong at peak periods.
“We must have well-conceived medium and long-term extension planning and ensure that shortage of venues will not pose constraints to our convention and exhibition business,” Leung said in the Legislative Council.
According to local media, the government is planning to build a new extension of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center at Wan Chai.
The Wan Chai Sports Ground site is said to be among the possible locations for the planned annex.
The government will also take other initiatives to boost the tourism industry, Leung said in his final policy address.
Hong Kong successfully staged a number of mega events including the Formula E motor race and the large-scale Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival last year, the chief executive said.
“Although total visitor arrivals have dropped, the decline has become milder in recent in the months,” he said.
In particular, the number of visitors from Southeast Asia increased year-on-year, he said. Non-mainland visitors who stayed for at least a night were up 3.7 percent from a year earlier in the fourth quarter of 2016, he added.
The government will invite a tender for the Kai Tak Tourism Node in the vicinity of the cruise terminal to develop a world-class tourist attraction, according to the policy address.
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