MTR public announcements are about to be streamlined - but there will be more of them, to accommodate Putonghua as the 'golden week' holiday approaches. Announcements in Putonghua are being added to the existing information in English and Cantonese to cater for the greater number of mainland visitors to Hong Kong resulting from the easing of mainland travel curbs. MTR spokeswoman Catherine Sing Kit-tak said: 'We will have to make some announcements shorter and more concise to accommodate the Putonghua announcements.' Since Monday, Putonghua announcements have been progressively introduced to the Kwun Tong, Island and Tsuen Wan lines. MTR staff are being trained in Putonghua, with priority for staff in stations most used by Putonghua-speakers, such as Kowloon Tong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Admiralty and Causeway Bay. The number of mainland visitors is expected to rise from six million to 10 million a year after restrictions were eased to allow more of them to come to Hong Kong as individual visitors. 'We are planning to implement the Putonghua public announcements throughout the MTR system by the end of September to welcome the expected increase in the number of tourists from the mainland, especially during golden week,' Ms Sing said. The order of the announcements will be Cantonese, Putonghua and then English. Putonghua teachers will be on hand at stations to assist staff with their language skills during the golden week holiday period. As a service to visitors, two Putonghua-speaking ambassadors will man tourist information booths at each of eight MTR stations to give advice as to the best places to shop and dine. Information on retail outlets and offers for shoppers will also be available.