The Hong Kong Tourist Association will be revamped next year to become more representative and renamed the Hong Kong Tourist Board. Expenditure on the 43-year-old body will be cut by two per cent this year and its membership system phased out. The association has more than 1,500 tourism-related enterprises as members. After the changes, the association would represent the entire tourism industry instead of just registered members, Commissioner for Tourism Mike Rowse said after the special Finance Committee meeting yesterday. The production of souvenirs and organisation of in-bound tours by the association would be scrapped and left to the private sector. Of the 366 association staff, one-quarter are employed on contracts. Mr Rowse said it was possible more permanent jobs could be turned into contract positions. He was responding to Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier who asked why most employees should enjoy jobs for life. Mr Rowse said: 'It is a question of looking at individual units and the nature of the work. 'We do not have fixed views on what the proportion of permanent and contract terms should be.' Provision for the association is $530 million. Mr Rowse said expenditure was cut by one per cent, or $17 million, last year. He said the amendment of the Hong Kong Tourist Association Ordinance would be submitted to legislators in mid-2001.