HONG KONG, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong hopes to attract more visitors to the city by introducing improved entry schemes and more cruise trips, Donald Tsang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said here Wednesday.
"We are actively discussing with the Central Authorities about measures to facilitate mainland visitors traveling to Hong Kong," Tsang said in a policy address at the Legislative Council.
A one-year multiple-entry Individual Visit Scheme for Shenzhen residents has been introduced since April. By September, about 740,000 visitors had traveled to Hong Kong with the new endorsement.
The chief executive also said the city is "pressing ahead with the construction of the new cruise terminal at Kai Tak to ensure that the first berth will commence operation in mid-2013" as another significant move to lure in more tourists.
Meanwhile, the government is striving to attract cruise vessels to homeport in Hong Kong.
Since the implementation of the measure to allow mainland tour groups to travel to Taiwan through Hong Kong by taking cruise vessels home porting here, many major cruise operators have launched relevant tourism products.
According to Tsang, in the coming year, there will be about 20 journeys from Hong Kong to Taiwan, carrying about 30,000 passengers in total.