TOURISM industry bosses will push to appoint an Olympics-calibre organiser to mastermind festivities marking the territory's handover to China, according the chairman of the Hong Kong Hotels' Association. Thomas Axmacher, general manager of The Regent, said the proposal would be aired on Wednesday at a 'brainstorming' meeting of his association and the Hong Kong Tourism Association. 'When Los Angeles was awarded the 1984 Olympics, they appointed Peter Ueberroth to head the operation. We need someone like that for Hong Kong,' Mr Axmacher said. 'We have to remember that this is something which should run from late 1996 to the beginning of 1998.' It was vital to appoint someone as soon as possible, he added, because first-class acts they wanted to bring in usually planned their diaries two or three years ahead. The two groups will meet again to discuss proposals for cultural and sporting events and expect to be ready to recruit a programme head by the end of summer. Restaurateurs and hoteliers are privately critical of the Government for failing to provide any lead but Mr Axmacher said the Government could not, and would not, take a lead because the administration would change halfway through 1997. 'The private sector has to take the initiative. Tourism is Hong Kong's second biggest industry. All of us who work in it have an interest in ensuring the world's eyes are focused on us for the entire year.' Tourist association executive director Amy Chan Cheng Yi-yim said the body 'did not envisage' being involved in large-scale events, but aimed to join celebrations with other agencies. 'For us, 1997 represents a special opportunity and we will continue to explore how we can capitalise on this with other organisations,' she said.