Presidents Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton may be coming to celebrate the opening of the airport and the handover anniversary but they are unlikely to be caught in a crush. Hotels and restaurants reeling from the economic and tourism downturns are not expecting to get help in the events of the first week of next month. Tours are being offered in Japan and Germany where people would fly to the old airport and leave from the new one. But hotels have not seen a jump in bookings, though they could be hard to predict. Business travellers were making reservations only two or three days in advance, confident that rooms would be available, and even tourists who usually booked a month ahead were leaving it to only a week, said Ivan Lee Wank-hay, chairman of the Hotels Association. But with only a few events set to take place for the anniversary and airport opening, he did not plan for many sightseers. However, he expected 'there will be some upturn for the summer season when people can enjoy the special promotions for both the long-haul and short-haul markets'. Hotels offer deals throughout the summer months, traditionally the quiet period for both local and overseas trade even without tourism and economic problems. Occupancy rates published for the first four months show about a quarter of rooms were empty, but checks last week with several hotels showed many had more than 50 per cent of rooms free. Bookings might pick up once school holidays began about mid-July, Mr Lee said. The Hong Kong Tourist Association said it would support activities taking place for the handover and airport, but it would not run any special events of its own. 'We don't expect a huge surge of visitors at that particular time,' said spokesman Peter Randall.