Kai Tak airport could help tourism take off again, San Po Kong Confederation of Workers' Groups said yesterday. In its Kai Tak Development Proposal, the confederation urges the Government to turn the empty airport into a tourist paradise, featuring attractions such as a Hong Kong history waxworks museum, an international food pier, old-style shopping streets and even a jumbo flea market. 'Most tourists come to Hong Kong for shopping and food. And the Hong Kong-style flea market and shopping centres interest them most,' said Choi Wai-fun, the confederation's vice-chairwoman. 'If we want to revive our tourism, the best way is to build more such viewpoints. And where could be better than the old Kai Tak?' These projects, Ms Choi argued, could not only help tourism, but also create about 19,000 jobs. 'We know that the Government wants to develop Kai Tak into a new urban [development]. Now that the property prices are falling, we think Kai Tak can be used for a better purpose.' The confederation will submit its proposals to the Territory Development Department and Hong Kong Tourist Association early next month. Tourism figures have plummeted this year, with the number of visitors from Europe, Japan and East Asia, in particular, dwindling. The 600-hectare Kai Tak airport closed on July 5. The Government plans to build a town at Kai Tak for 100,000 people around a central park.