Financial secretary to speak at tokyo seminars Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen is in Tokyo today to give an update on Hong Kong's economy and business opportunities in the Pearl River Delta at the first investment environment seminar organised jointly by the Hong Kong government and Guangdong authorities. He will also speak to Japanese firms on opportunities arising from the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement at a different seminar. Mr Tang is expected to meet senior Japanese officials to exchange views on Japan's economy. Cross-border travellers up after 24-hour opening The number of cross-border travellers using the Lok Ma Chau border crossing has increased sharply since 24-hour passenger clearance was introduced in February, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong told Legco. An average of 62,000 people a day crossed the border at the checkpoint from January to October 26, representing a year-on-year increase of 40 per cent. Solicitor a winner of young persons award Hong Kong solicitor Kennedy Wong Ying-ho is one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for 2003, the Hong Kong Junior Chamber of Commerce announced. The award ceremony will be held in Denmark next week. Mr Wong is a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Appeal for focus on international tourists Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said while more mainland tourists were coming to Hong Kong, the city should continue to be a hub for international tourism. He said the number of tourists from the US had returned to the pre-Sars level, while arrivals from Australia were down 6 per cent.