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 March 24, 2005
Hong Kong Tourism Board Relocates Visitor Information & Services Centre

 The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has relocated its Hong Kong Island Visitor Information & Services Centre from Central to the MTR Causeway Bay Station. At the opening (24 March), HKTB Executive Director Clara Chong was joined by C K Chow, Chief Executive Officer of the MTR Corporation, in welcoming the first patron of the Centre. Situated in one of the city's busiest districts with high tourism traffic, this Centre will provide visitors with even more convenient access to travel information and services.

Arriving at the Centre in the MTR Causeway Bay Station (near Entrance/Exit F) this morning, Mr Peter de Jonge from The Netherlands was presented with a number of souvenirs, including a crystal name card holder in the shape of the Hong Kong skyline from the HKTB, a museum pass, an MTR crystal train model and an Airport Express Tourist Octopus 3-Day Hong Kong Transport Pass.

Ms Chong said that Causeway Bay was a major hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. "It is a 'must visit' area for both free independent travellers (FITs) and tour visitors during their free time," she said. "Given its high tourism traffic, we have relocated our Hong Kong Island Visitor Information & Services Centre from The Center in Central to Causeway Bay. We believe that this will offer visitors even more convenient access to our services and information on sightseeing, shopping, dining and entertainment.

"Another reason for choosing Causeway Bay is its central location and its links to various transport systems, including the MTR," Ms Chong explained. "We know that the MTR is the most frequently used public transport by visitors. That's why we've moved our Centre to the MTR station. Having been to our Centre, visitors can easily get to other parts of the city to enjoy our multi-dimensional attractions."

To offer visitors even more flexible and convenient services, the HKTB has extended the operating hours of the new Centre by two hours. The extension was made after thorough surveys on visitors' travel patterns and the traffic in the neighbourhood. Open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, the Centre provides tourism literature, advice and recommendations, and is also equipped with an I Cyber Link kiosk, giving access to the HKTB's web site. Other services include the sale of souvenirs and tour bookings.

"We welcome the opening of Hong Kong Tourism Board's Visitor Information & Services Centre in the MTR Causeway Bay Station," said Mr C K Chow, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation. "MTR is a convenient and efficient means of transportation for overseas visitors as it connects all major sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and dining destinations in Hong Kong."

MTR Corporation is committed to promoting Hong Kong's tourism industry. "MTR also provides a number of Tourist Transportation Passes which are designed to help overseas visitors explore the various exciting features of Hong Kong. With the opening of the first Visitor Information & Services Centre in our Causeway Bay Station, we hope that our guests will have a more enjoyable experience as they travel around Hong Kong on the MTR," Mr Chow added.

The HKTB also announced that the operating hours of its Visitor Information & Services Centre at the Kowloon Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui will be extended to 8:00 pm, with immediate effect.