Rachel Clarke

Mystery and mayhem, parties and ponies to aid fund

Ponies, a beach venture and lots of parties are helping to raise money for this year's Operation Santa Claus.

Thursday, 10 December, 1998, 12:00am

Tourist numbers, spending continue slide

Visitor spending fell again in the third quarter, with receipts hit by lower prices and fewer buyers.

Total tourism receipts, including money spent by aircrew and transit passengers, fell $16 billion, or 28.8 per cent, for the first nine months of the year to $39.4 billion.

7 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Hot, dry but expected

July was hot and dry, but compared with the extremes of last year, it was just an ordinary month, statistics from the Observatory show.

Temperatures soared to more than 30 degrees Celsius for the last 20 days of the month, which coincided with a long dry spell. Only one day had more than a few millimetres of rain; most had nothing but a trace.

5 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Number of tourists still falling

Visitor numbers fell again last month and were down even on the same month last year, when tourist arrivals had already begun to slump.

A total of 746,145 people visited in June, about 43,000 people or 5.4 per cent down on the same month last year, when fears of full hotels and high prices ahead of the handover started to deter visitors.

17 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Parallel runway to be built in second stage

From the landing of the first flight on July 6, the airport will be one of the most advanced in the world.

But within months it will have taken another great leap forward with the opening of the second northern runway and the extension to the passenger terminal.

27 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Runners power on as rivals drop

The Sahara has claimed one in 10 of the competitors in the Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands), but all five members of the Hong Kong team are still in the running.

4 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

A sorry catalogue of errors

The $100 million promotion blitz is the latest attempt by the Hong Kong Tourist Association to come up with a campaign that finally wins the hearts and minds of the industry.

25 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Police to seek ties with new Garrison

The police are holding talks with the PLA on future communications.

The force kept a regular liaison with specific officers in the British Garrison to discuss operations such as joint anti-smuggling activities.

4 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Plan to speed up checks on gun licences

Security officials may speed up examining gun licence applications by the 500-plus PLA troops to ensure they have permits before entering the territory at Lok Ma Chau at 9 pm on Monday.

25 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Concerted push fails to remove ban on concerts

A ban on concerts at the Hong Kong Stadium was reinforced by Urban Councillors yesterday despite calls from residents for it to be lifted.

But the convenor of the council's concert liaison group, Ambrose Cheung Wing-sum, urged residents to carry on campaigning against the ban if they wanted concerts staged there.

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Asprey tastes life in cramped camp

A PACKED and captive audience of Vietnamese illegal immigrants from China greeted Secretary for Security Alistair Asprey yesterday when he toured the Chi Ma Wan Detention Centre.

He saw the cramped conditions inside one of the huts, each of which houses 260 men, women and children who live, sleep and store their few belongings on wide wooden shelves.

5 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Loss of Garrison could affect rescue operations

EMERGENCY routines are being revised in preparation for the withdrawal of the British Garrison and its specialist equipment in the run-up to 1997.

Helicopters, fast patrol craft, trucks and even a decompression chamber which are made available to help civilians are all set to be removed from Hongkong as the Army, Navy and Air Force gradually pull out of the territory.

6 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Guidelines put a definition on book bribery

STRICT guidelines have been issued to schools warning staff not to accept bribes from publishing companies.

A stern circular was issued to principals of all schools last month listing precisely what may and may not be allowed.

10 May 1993 - 12:00am

Stadium sees destruction before construction

WORK has resumed on the $850 million redevelopment of the Hongkong Stadium after the Urban Council returned it to contractors Dragages et Travaux Publics yesterday.

But the turf that played host to Western Samoa's win in the Hongkong Sevens and South China's triumph in the Viceroy Cup is being ripped up to turn the stadium back into a building site.

7 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Pokfulam golfing range opposed

THE needs of residents are being ignored by Government plans to authorise a golf driving range on Hongkong Island, it was claimed yesterday.

Tenders are being invited from firms to develop the range on a 42,500 square metre site overlooking Waterfall Bay, near Pokfulam.

2 Apr 1993 - 12:00am