Tourism Commissioner Mike Rowse has agreed to leave the job and take up the soon-to-be-announced post of director-general of investment promotion, insiders confirmed yesterday. Mr Rowse, who as temporary commissioner brokered the deal to bring the Disneyland project to Hong Kong, accepted the promotion but was sorry to be leaving tourism, sources said. His replacement is likely to come from outside the Government but Mr Rowse will work in both jobs until a new commissioner is found. 'He'll be sorry to leave tourism, there's no question about that. But if that's what he has to do, then he'll get on and do it,' an industry source said. Mr Rowse was named Hong Kong's first tourism commissioner in May last year after a call for applications failed to find anyone suitable. His time in the job, which pays about $150,000 a month, was only ever temporary while the Government looked for a replacement. The promotion is widely seen as a reward for clinching the Disney deal. Mr Rowse refused to comment yesterday. Public relations veteran Kerry McGlynn, who was a spin-doctor for the last governor, Chris Patten, has been suggested as a possible replacement. But the Deputy Director of Information denied he was a 'starter', saying he was due to retire next year. Last year, Mr Rowse appointed Mr McGlynn to a 20-strong industry think-tank, the Tourism Strategy Group.