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 May 23, 2003
Hong Kong Tourism Board Welcomes Lifting Of Travel Advisory By WHO

 The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has warmly welcomed the heartening news of the lifting of the travel advisory for Hong Kong announced (23 May) by the World Health Organization (WHO). "We are changing the travel advice for Hong Kong effective Friday, 23 May," said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the WHO. "I am pleased to note that due to the efforts of the local and national health authorities, with support from WHO and partners, the outbreak in Hong Kong is being contained."

HKTB Chairman The Hon. Mrs. Selina Chow, GBS, OBE, JP, noted that the decision demonstrated the WHO's confidence in Hong Kong's high standards of healthcare. "It will give visitors reassurance that they can start planning their visits to Hong Kong again," she said. "The HKTB has already drawn up its comeback plans, in consultation with its trade partners, and we are now finalizing details with the Government."

"We are delighted that WHO has lifted their advisory, and that we can now welcome the world back to Hong Kong," commented Mrs Aliana Ho, Director- Canada, HKTB. "Tour operators, airlines, hotels and our other marketing partners have been busy creating a wealth of exciting offers to tempt travelers with enticing 'hot deals' and special offers especially designed for Canadian travelers."