THE Government needs to do more to develop Hong Kong's travel and tourism sectors, said Manuel Woo, Hong Kong Hotels Association's (HKHA) executive director. With 10 top hotels pulled down in the last two years, more government money and planning was needed to ensure adequate supply of hotel rooms after Chek Lap Kok Airport opened in 1998, he said. Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong, which hit 9.8 million in 1994, were set to soar to more than 12 million in the next five years. Along with 24-hour operations at the new airport, the opening of the new extension of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre would draw more visitors here. 'The laissez-faire era of development in Hong Kong's hotel industry is over. 'The sector now needs government support to identify land availability for future developments. 'The hotel industry also needs the administration to give hotel developers better terms, co-operation and incentives for growth to attract users to return.' Instead of developing more commercial buildings, the Government should consider giving hotel developers land grants, cheaper land prices and tax breaks. Hotel investment was greater than any other business in the territory and expensive interior decor and fittings required large amounts of capital, he said. With forecasts of 15 to 18 million visitors entering Hong Kong annually by 2005, the Government needed to act swiftly to help the hotel sector, Mr Woo said. 'Investment in the industry is huge but tearing hotels down to build more office space will only serve to slow industry growth. 'There could be problems with availability of hotel rooms in the future, when the new airport opens bringing in tourists 24 hours a day. 'Spending millions of dollars on an inter-island bridge and an express railway to the airport is part of the Government's push to keep Hong Kong the regional banking, trading, financial and tourist centre. 'But all the Government has done to help the hotel industry is talk and no action. 'It may be too late. An average hotel takes at least three years to complete.' Over the last two years, Hong Kong has 'lost' more than 3,500 hotel rooms to wrecking crews, with the Hilton and Hotel Victoria having been among those demolished.