Yip Chun-ching, 45, says the government should fund projects that attact mainlanders rather than international travellers in order to boost the economy. Ride from Sai Ying Pun to Po Lam. Cost: $192.80 The government has been blowing its own trumpet by saying how wonderful this Harbour Fest will be. They expect it to be broadcast around the world and that at least 500 million people will see it on television. Basically, it is trying to convince us that the millions of taxpayers' dollars will be well spent, as the festival will put Hong Kong back on the international stage and give us a strong global presence. I am a bit sceptical about this. I am not convinced at all that a series of concerts could draw that much international attention. I think the government might have exaggerated it a bit in order to justify its actions. International tourists are, of course, a good source of income for the tourism industry, but in order to expand the existing market, we need to focus on mainland travellers, especially when mainlanders can travel solo to Hong Kong so freely with the lifting of the travel ban in a number of mainland cities. We should take this opportunity and do what we can to attract these solo mainland travellers. If the government can afford to spend so much money on a series of rock concerts, why not host something special for the mainland audience? Our Canto-pop stars Faye Wong and Anita Mui are pretty well known to the mainland audience - the government can enlist their help and organise free concerts, handing out tickets to mainland tourists as part of our post-Sars revival efforts. This would be far more effective than staging all these gweilo gimmicky events which serve a much smaller audience. I just don't see how it could benefit Hong Kong even in the short-term, not to mention long-term. I know the government has said that if we want mega impact, we need to launch mega events in order to achieve mega results. This is the most ideal situation if we have lots of cash. But I strongly doubt that our current financial status could allow us to really spend money like this, especially when the economy remains highly uncertain. I just have this uncomfortable feeling that public money is being spent to finance a private party for an exclusive audience. It just doesn't go down very well whichever way you look at it. The government has done a few successful image-boosting events over the past few weeks, and we should definitely congratulate their efforts. For example, the laser show we are having every night - I don't think it is very expensive to host these laser displays, but certainly I think they are very popular among locals and tourists. I am sure in order to achieve mega results, we don't often have to spend mega bucks. We just need to use our mega imagination and creativity to stimulate interest. Rock concerts are a bit outdated anyway, so the government should explore other innovative channels to relaunch Hong Kong. If government officials are not capable of coming up with creative ideas, they should enlist help from people in the creative industry. There are so many local talents outside of the government system, why not throw it open and let the community come up with the plan? It will give the government a chance to win back public support and earn their trust. This is exactly what is wrong with this administration - everything is so one-sided and things are often being done without proper public consultation. They can conduct it like a competition and invite the public to draft their relaunch Hong Kong proposals. It would create so much fun and publicity at the same time. And I think a lot of people will participate and it would provide a good opportunity for the community to work together for a good cause. The government must reach out a lot more to the people and working together in this kind of project will certainly create closer ties with the community.