Tung advisers feel economy on track Nine international advisers to Tung Chee-hwa were cautiously optimistic about Hong Kong's economic outlook next year, the chief executive said yesterday. The second session of the two-day annual meeting of the Council of International Advisers ended in Guangzhou yesterday. Mr Tung said the council members agreed that the economies of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta complement each other. Visitor arrivals already surpass 2003 figure About 15 million visitors arrived in Hong Kong in the first nine months of the year, more than the number of arrivals for the whole of last year. The Hong Kong Tourism Board said a record 1.68 million visitors arrived in September, up 14.2 per cent on the same month last year. People trust leaders more now, survey finds A record 48 per cent of Hong Kong people trust the central government, a Chinese University survey has found. The poll, conducted by the university's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies from October 14-19, found 47.9 per cent of the 899 respondents said they trusted the central government, compared with 45.5 per cent in April. The level of trust in Beijing was the highest since the survey was first carried out in April 1998. Chambers want to see an end to estate duty Four business chambers have called on the government to abolish estate duty as early as next year. They say the move would help Hong Kong develop into an asset management centre. The call was made in a joint letter to the government on an estate duty review. It came from the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong.