The Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Co-operation (HKCPEC) has agreed to help undertake a survey on ways to help boost tourism across the region. Committee member Stanley Yip Cho-tat said the survey was aimed at finding what impediments were blocking increased investments in tourist infrastructure. Mr Yip said pilot studies for the survey were likely to be held in just one or two of the member economies, and said Hong Kong was a leading contender. Mr Yip, who is also general manager for research and development at the Hong Kong Tourist Association, said the main impediments to tourism spending were expected to include interest rate risk, political risk, the economy's legal framework, and the amount of Government intervention. HKCPEC chairman William Fung Kwok-lun said it was important Hong Kong took part in the study given the decline in tourists visiting the SAR. 'The reason Hong Kong wholeheartedly supports the tourism advisory group is that everyone knows the importance of tourism to Hong Kong,' Mr Fung said. 'The decline of tourism has played a very important part in creating Hong Kong's present difficulties.' Mr Yip said he was exploring ways in which funding for the survey could be sought from the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, which also has a tourism working group. Hong Kong is a member of the Pacific Economic Co-operation Committee tourism infrastructure working group along with the Philippines and Mexico.