A senior US State Department official arrives next week to help finalise details of President Bill Clinton's visit to Hong Kong. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Susan Shirk will hold talks with senior officials and US Consulate-General staff. Ms Shirk's trip will follow a visit to Beijing, where she will discuss the agenda for the presidential summit. Mr Clinton and an entourage of up to 1,000 people will arrive on July 2, after the President's week-long mainland visit. After staying one night in Hong Kong, Mr Clinton and his family are expected to fly to Hawaii for a holiday. A US official said yesterday that the President would 'pack a lot in' during his short stay in Hong Kong, but said details had yet to be confirmed. The highlight of Mr Clinton's visit will be a gala dinner at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the President will make a keynote speech. US officials originally scheduled the visit to start on July 1, but bowed to Beijing concerns that it would detract from the handover anniversary celebrations. The White House is also understood to be waiting for an answer from Beijing on whether the delegation will land at Chek Lap Kok or Kai Tak airport. Washington would prefer to have the trip start at the new airport, which will have been officially opened by July 2 but will not be open to general air traffic.