Premier Zhu Rongji has urged Shenzhen authorities to increase co-operation with Hong Kong to promote tourism and work out ways to boost the flow of visitors to the Disney theme park. The Shenzhen Municipal Tourism Bureau is considering setting up special border checkpoints for mainland tourists heading to Disneyland via the Western Corridor, which is due to open in 2005, according to a Wen Wei Po report yesterday. The proposal aims to smooth the way for mainland tourists travelling to the park, which is due to open in 2005-06. The Western Corridor will link Yuen Long and Shekou in Shenzhen. Shenzhen Tourism Bureau officials raised the idea at a Shenzhen seminar attended by SAR tour operators and Hong Kong Tourism Board representatives. It was reported that Mr Zhu urged closer ties during a recent visit to the city. Shenzhen Tourism Bureau chief Chi Xiongbiao said he had already discussed plans for co-operation with the Disney corporation. Mainland tourists are expected to make up the bulk of visitors to the theme park. Shenzhen has received more than 46 million tourists a year over the past few years. One Shenzhen bureau official said many ideas were raised during the seminar but the proposal to set up checkpoints on the Western Corridor for Hong Kong-bound tourists was 'quite rudimentary'. 'We have yet to raise the proposal with the Hong Kong government,' he said. A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Tourism Commission said it welcomed any proposal that would enhance the flow of people and contribute to development in the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong. Another tourism board spokesman, Simon Clennell, said: 'The number one thing is to simplify procedures for mainland tourists crossing the border.'