Shortage of time was the main stumbling block

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 July, 2008, 12:00am

No one individual is responsible for the HarbourFest fiasco, James Thompson said.

'The culprit is the shortage of time we had to put it together,' he said.

The former American Chamber of Commerce chairman had about 100 days and HK$100 million of public funds to organise and promote a series of concerts featuring top international music acts such as Prince and the Rolling Stones. The idea for the weekend concerts, staged between October 17 and November 9, 2003, came from the chamber.

'Personally, I think we need to put this thing to bed,' he said.

The government, which underwrote the ambitious event, had contracted the chamber as 'custodian' of the event until the end of this year.

'We had thought about doing something like this maybe every two years. But after all the bad press... the idea was dead,' Mr Thompson said.