Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa yesterday said Hong Kong's economic growth for the first quarter would be better than expected. Mr Tung made the cheery forecast during a morale-boosting shopping tour in Admiralty - a day after the World Health Organisation lifted its travel advisory. 'The figure for this year's first-quarter economic growth is very good. It shows that we are on the right rack, including tourism, finance, logistics and Pearl River Delta integration. Of course, Sars has dealt a blow to our economy,' Mr Tung told reporters during a gathering at a Chinese restaurant. He said the impact of Sars would be reflected in the second quarter. The chief executive yesterday also expressed gratitude to the central government's support - in the form of medical supplies - during the Sars outbreak. He also thanked Vice-Premier and Health Minister Wu Yi's lobbying to have the travel advisory against Hong Kong lifted. Ms Wu was joined by Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong and Director of Health Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun at a WHO assembly in Geneva earlier this week. While welcoming the zero infection rate yesterday, Mr Tung said the public should persevere in the battle against Sars, so as to remove Hong Kong from the list of infected areas.