Hosts gear up for army of guests

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 June, 1997, 12:00am

Daimlers, buses and possibly Mercedes-Benz limousines will be commissioned to transport officials, guests and media between venues during handover events.

Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Governor Chris Patten and their aides and families will use four black Daimlers, while up to 5,000 other guests will be shipped by some 70 buses and coaches.

The Government Land Transport Agency also said several 'standby' Mercedes- Benz limousines may be used by Chinese officials.

'We still have no information yet on transport for Chinese officials but we have several Mercedes set aside for them,' an agency spokesman said.

Citybus have been contracted through open tender to provide the fleet of buses and coaches, 80 drivers and 30 inspectorate and supervisory staff.

The spokesman said all the vehicles were needed between June 26 and July 2 to transport officials, guests and media to and from the airport and event venues.

On handover night up to 5,000 people will be driven from security checks at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre extension to the sundown ceremony and fireworks display at Tamar. He said about 2,200 invited guests would then return to the centre for the actual handover ceremony.

The buses along with official and emergency vehicles will be the only automobiles allowed on the closed roads.