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Speech by FS at opening of Avenue of Stars


Following is a speech by the Financial Secretary, Mr Henry Tang, at the launching ceremony of the Avenue of Stars tonight (April 27) (English portion):

Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here tonight at this glamourous occasion to unveil our latest tourism attraction - the Avenue of Stars.

The Avenue of Stars is a unique combination of our unparalleled tourism appeal and outstanding film-making achievements, both of which are Hong Kong's core strengths as Asia's World City. As a landmark fronting our beautiful Victoria Harbour and a standing tribute to our film industry, the Avenue of Stars symbolises our vitality and creativity as a premier tourist destination, and offers visitors a once in a life time experience on the magic of Hong Kong movies.

The Avenue of Stars is the fruit of the joint efforts of parties involved. The Hong Kong Tourism Board initiated the concept for this attractive project, and is actively promoting it to draw visitors. The New World Group contributes generously towards the project's construction, management and maintenance. The Hong Kong Film Awards Association provides their expert advice in enriching the content of the project to make it truly star-lit. In addition, many government departments have worked diligently to facilitate the project's implementation. My sincere thanks go to all of you for your contribution and hard work. The Government will continue to work with the tourism and other industries to develop innovative and exciting projects in Hong Kong.

I hope you enjoy this starry evening! Thank you.

Ends/Tuesday, April 27, 2004


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