Hotel, airline and other tourism industry chiefs cheered news that the Disney park will eventually attract 2.9 million visitors a year who would not otherwise come to Hong Kong. Tourism Commissioner Mike Rowse described the figure as an 'awesome' boost for an industry hoping to handle just over 10 million tourists this year as it claws its way out of a post-handover slump. 'That's a quantum leap in the number of tourists coming to Hong Kong,' he said. 'It's terrific. The numbers are awesome.' Some 5.2 million people will visit in the first year, of whom about 3.4 million will be tourists, adding between $5.5 billion and $8.3 billion to the economy, according to the Government. This will jump to 7.3 million tourists a year after 15 years, with spending rising to between $8.7 billion and $16.8 billion after 20 years. Of the first-year tourists, 1.4 million will come to Hong Kong just for the Disney theme park, and in 15 years this number will rise to 2.9 million. Howard Young of the Liberal Party, legislator for the tourism sector, said: 'This is excellent news. It opens a new era in tourism.' Hong Kong Hotels' Association chairman Ivan Lee Wank-hay said giving families something to do would add an 'important new dimension' to the SAR. 'This is the best news that Hong Kong's tourism industry has had for a very long time,' he said. Hong Kong Tourist Association chairman Lo Yuk-sui said the deal was 'truly fantastic news', and that Disney's high standards would bring improvements in service across the tourism industry. Cathay Pacific deputy chairman and chief executive David Turnbull said the park would provide a 'tremendous boost'.