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A Symphony of Lights sets Guinness World Record

    "A Symphony of Lights" has just been named the world's "Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records. The show has been accredited based on the existing 20 buildings jointly performing in a fully synchronised light and sound show every night.

     Victoria Harbour is an invaluable asset to Hong Kong. "A Symphony of Lights", the 13-minute nightly spectacle developed by the Tourism Commission, aims to further enhance the attraction of the harbour by showcasing its vibrancy and spectacular night vista.

     The Financial Secretary, Mr Henry Tang, presided over the Guinness World Records Certificate presentation ceremony tonight (November 21). Head of Records, Mr Marco Frigatti, presented the Guinness World Records Certificate to the Commissioner for Tourism, Ms Eva Cheng. The ceremony was held at the Promenade of the Golden Bauhinia Square.

     Addressing at the Certificate Presentation Ceremony, Mr Tang said, "The Guinness World Records award represents an important international recognition for 'A Symphony of Lights'. Now awarded the world's 'Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' title, I believe the show will further encourage visitors to come to Hong Kong and discover the experience of a lifetime here.

     "'A Symphony of Lights' demonstrates the remarkable synergy of public-private partnership. Participation in the show is entirely voluntary. This unprecedented joint venture between the public and private organisations is not bound by contract, but by our Hong Kong spirit, which has amazed many of our tourism counterparts overseas," he added.

     Ms Eva Cheng, said after the ceremony, that the Tourism Commission's joint venture with key buildings in developing this unprecedented project has been very well received by both locals and visitors. "The award of the World's 'Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" title is a great encouragement to us," she said. "We will continue to work hard for the Phase II Show with a view to further enhancing the attraction of this tourism project and the night vista of our Victoria Harbour."

     Also held tonight was a special light-up event to mark the completion of lighting installations for government buildings along the Kowloon waterfront: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Coliseum. They will participate in Phase II of "A Symphony of Lights" to be launched next month. Phase II will cover 33 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour.

     Mr Henry Tang also officiated at the light-up ceremony, joined by Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Hon Mrs Selina Chow; Permanent Secretary for Economic Development, Ms Sandra Lee; and Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong.

     For enquiries about "A Symphony of Lights", please call the Tourism Commission on 2810 2555 during office hours. The public may also visit the following website for information on the show:

Ends/Monday, November 21, 2005
Issued at HKT 19:44


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