Dennis Eng

Cirque du Soleil opens HK workshop

Canada's Cirque du Soleil opened its first production workshop in Hong Kong to supply costumes and props to its various shows around the world. The new regional office will help produce costumes, accessories and hats for Cirque du Soleil's shows.

Thursday, 13 May, 2010, 12:00am

Artists set records at Sotheby's spring sale

A Sotheby's spring sale of contemporary Asian art raked in a little more than HK$144.88 million yesterday, while its Southeast Asian paintings fetched almost HK$69.3 million. World records were set by Liu Ye, whose work Bright Road fetched HK$19.14 million, and Lee Man-fong, whose Bali Life sold for HK$25.3 million. Many prices exceeded estimates by up to six times.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Consumption tipped to surge

Wine consumption in Hong Kong is expected to surge by a third by 2012, with per capita consumption reaching 4.2 litres, the highest in the region, according to a forecast by British consultants International Wine and Spirit Record.

27 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Wine consumption expected to rise if distributors do their duty

Zero wine duties are expected to increase consumption in Hong Kong but it is difficult to assess by how much, organisers of the Vinexpo wine and spirits trade fair say.

Much depended on how distributors and importers passed on the tax savings to consumers through lower prices, Vinexpo chairman Dominique Heriard Dubreuil said.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Save half of windfall, tax institute urges

Half the government's expected HK$100 billion budget windfall should be kept as savings and only about HK$20 billion returned to the community, the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong has said.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Best items expected to top HK$100,000

A 5.6-metre, Italian-made stained-glass screen and a set of four ceramic statues with a matching side table are the most expensive Ritz-Carlton items to be auctioned on Saturday. Both lots, worth HK$100,000 each, are from the Chater Lounge. More than 60 paintings are also on offer.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Hard-working Hongkongers in a hurry to retire, survey suggests

People in Hong Kong are the most eager in the region to retire early, although women nearing retirement age want to continue working, a global survey has found.

The study showed 26 per cent of women aged 40 to 59 in Hong Kong were keen to retire early, while 43 per cent of women aged 60 to 79 expected to continue working for as long as possible.

5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Flight delays and cancellations continue

Hong Kong continues to suffer flight delays and cancellations as a result of the storms on the mainland.

Yesterday, three flights to Changsha and Hangzhou were cancelled. Another 29 to those and other destinations, including Shanghai, were delayed.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Chamber chief in fraud case steps aside

'Leave of absence' for Lily Chiang

The first woman to lead the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in its 147-year history has stepped aside after becoming embroiled in an ICAC investigation into stock option fraud.

High-profile businesswoman Lily Chiang Lai-lei has agreed to take 'leave of absence'.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Budget surplus may hit HK$100b

The government's budget surplus could swell to as much as HK$100 billion this financial year as it reaps the rewards of Hong Kong's robust economic growth.

Such a staggering performance would almost certainly mean more generous tax cuts and handouts next year and continue to sideline concerns about a narrow tax base.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Doubts 'clarified' in tourism row

A former human resources chief at the Hong Kong Tourism Board testified yesterday that she had dropped her concerns about an extravagant medical insurance plan for then executive director Clara Chong Ming-wah after being told that the chairman had agreed to it.

21 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Clara Chong rejects claims of being a tourism spendthrift

Clara Chong Ming-wah hit out at legislators yesterday over accusations that she was a spendthrift and squandered taxpayers' money while executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

More money coming in for managers

Middle-level managers and professionals enjoyed a 3.4 per cent increase in their average monthly salary in June compared with a year ago, Census and Statistics Department data show.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Bankruptcies down

Personal bankruptcy petitions fell in September to 777 from 1,016 in August, a decline of 23.5 per cent month on month and down about 14 per cent year on year, the government said. However, the nine-month total for this year is 8,416, compared with 8,039 last year, according to the Official Receiver's Office.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Industry chief warns on red tape

Federation of Hong Kong Industries chairman Clement Chen Cheng-jen warned against miring business in red tape after a global survey found an increase in local licensing procedures.

But he also said the city was still one of the easiest places in which to do business.

'Different business sectors have different licensing requirements,' Mr Chen said.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am