Mr Peter Lam [Chairman, Hong Kong Tourism Board], Mr
Anthony Lau [Executive Director], distinguished guests, ladies
Good evening. I am extremely delighted to join you in
one of the finest cities in Asia, Kuala Lumpur, at this amazing
event organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
- Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur are cities with a great
deal in common. Both are multi-cultural cities famous for their
dynamic city life and spectacular attractions. Both are must-visit
destinations for the discerning world travellers.
- Given the similarities we share, it is just natural the
economic and cultural ties between our two cities have been
growing closer and closer. Today, there are more than 112 flights
a week plying between Hong Kong and Malaysia, and thereby
enabling more interaction in different contexts than at any time
- We welcome people from all around the world to visit
Hong Kong, without doubt including our friends from Malaysia.
Hong Kong, being a safe, clean and vibrant city located at the
heart of Asia, is one of the best destinations for sightseeing and
- Our flagship theme parks, the Hong Kong Disneyland
and the Ocean Park, are gems for both kids and adults. The Hong
Kong Disneyland offers you a unique “Iron Man Experience” to
ride with this superhero in some of Hong Kong’s busiest
locations and iconic landmarks. You may also wish to visit the
lovely pandas as well as enjoy the exciting rides in our Ocean
Park within a 6-minute subway from the central business district.
This world-class marine-themed park is also developing an allweather indoor and outdoor waterpark to provide new
entertainment experiences to our visitors.
- As Asia’s premier international city, Hong Kong is well
known for its diversified features which suit different visitors’
tastes and itineraries. Apart from the wide range of excitement
one may experience in the urban area, I would also highly
recommend that you explore our beautiful and easily accessible
countryside which is within half an hour travel from down town.
Our country parks, hiking trails and outlying islands always
amaze visitors that Hong Kong is not only a shopping and dining
paradise. As a matter of fact, our 100-kilometre MacLehose Trial
has been named one of the dream trails in the world by National
- Hong Kong’s event calendar is packed with exciting
offerings throughout the years. As an event capital of Asia, we
have developed different home-grown and signature events,
including the Dragon Boat Carnival which attracted international
teams to join every year, the Hong Kong Cyclothon successfully
upgraded its race to international professional level this year and
the famous Wine and Dine Festival has just earned another year
of pride. In addition, the traditional cultural activities such as the
Bun Scrambling Competition held annually in one of our outlying
islands known as Cheung Chau and the Tai Hang Fire Dragon
Dance also held annually at the heart of the city are other
examples of spectacular activities which cannot be found in other
- Hong Kong, without doubt, is a city of fascinating
contrast of old and new, East and West, tradition and innovation.
I would strongly urge all of you to come to Hong Kong to get a
first-hand taste of it.
- On this note, it remains for me to once again thank the
Hong Kong Tourism Board for organising this wonderful event to
show the beauties of Hong Kong to our Malaysian friends. It is
my great pleasure to be in Kuala Lumpur and I look forward to
repaying your hospitality by welcoming all of you to Hong Kong