Island tours to set sail in September

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2006, 12:00am

A half-day island-hopping tour of the northeast New Territories will be launched on a trial basis in September to promote green tourism. The pilot scheme will run for six months.

Organised by the Tourism Board, the programme aims to attract visitors to the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park, Lai Chi Wo - the largest Hakka village in the area - and Tap Mun Island.

A 2003 report by Polytechnic University for the Tourism Commission first proposed running such tours to promote tourism in the area.

The commission set up an interdepartmental committee to study a pilot scheme in Plover Cove, Tolo Channel and Ping Chau Island, and consulted the public last year.

Green groups considered Ping Chau Island too ecologically sensitive for any form of development, but a pilot project in Plover Cove and the Tolo Channel area was generally supported.

Works to provide and upgrade basic facilities such as toilets and shelters is being carried out.