SCST meets Minister of Culture and Tourism in Beijing (with photos)

     The Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung, this morning (February 20) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr Hu Heping, in Beijing. They exchanged thoughts and explored collaboration direction on culture and tourism development.
     Mr Yeung said, "Hong Kong is positioned as an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange under the National 14th Five-Year Plan. Since its establishment, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau (CSTB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has been promoting the development and exchanges of arts and culture. Based on the principle of 'shaping tourism with cultural activities and promoting culture through tourism', we fulfil Hong Kong's roles as an international tourism hub and a core demonstration zone for multi-destination tourism, facilitating the integration into national development. The Minister of Culture and Tourism all along supports the HKSAR Government, offering policy support in culture and tourism development and providing appropriate assistance for the implementation of various projects. Through the meeting and exchanges, I hope the co-operation on culture and tourism between the Mainland and Hong Kong will be deepened. It enables Hong Kong to reconnect with the world and better tell the good stories of China along its path to normalcy."
     The HKSAR Government has signed memorandum of understanding or agreement with the Macao Special Administrative Region and seven provinces and cities in the Mainland, including Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang Province, Hubei Province, Guangdong Province, Yunnan Province and Shenzhen. Mainland provinces and cities, as well as the culture sector, can make use of the convenient platform in Hong Kong to organise more culture and tourism exchanges and activities. In addition, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has supported 54 local productions of different genres to stage a total of 141 performances in seven cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area since 2018 and established its network and communication mechanism with major performance venues in the Greater Bay Area.
     Mr Yeung paid a courtesy call on Deputy Administrator of the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) Mr Gu Yucai. Since its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has been all along receiving support from the NCHA, including precious cultural artefacts that have been lent to Hong Kong for display, allowing Hong Kong people to have more opportunities to appreciate the charm and richness of the arts and culture of the motherland. The HKSAR Government is extremely thankful for the great support given by the NCHA. Mr Yeung expressed his hope to further the exchange and collaboration between the NCHA and the CSTB.
     Mr Yeung started the trip upon his arrival in Beijing yesterday afternoon (February 19), visiting the National Art Museum of China, which is the national art museum of plastic arts in China focusing on the collection, exhibition and research of Chinese contemporary artists' works. This evening, he will attend the "Spring Tuneful Music: Five-piece Combo Special Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble" held at the Prince Kung's Palace Museum in Beijing. He talked to the Hong Kong music-performing group and learned about their performances and development in the Mainland.
     The Permanent Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Joe Wong, and the Commissioner for Tourism, Ms Vivian Sum, joined Mr Yeung in this visit to Beijing. The delegation will meet Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Mr Yang Wanming, tomorrow (February 21) and return to Hong Kong in the evening.

Ends/Monday, February 20, 2023
Issued at HKT 17:00