Report calls for joint effort to woo tourists The Pearl River Delta's unique coastline could be turned into a 'gold coast area' and lure tourists from around the globe, the first cross-border planning study recommends. This area could take in Mirs Bay, Sha Tau Kok, the Mai Po nature reserve, Disneyland on Lantau, the Wanshan islands and Macau, the report said, adding that a trip to the area could be very attractive to tourists. The Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau governments should join hands to realise the area's tourism potential, the study recommended, adding that a cross-border authority and special fund could be set up to plan, develop and promote tourism in the area. 'Such a gold coast area should make use of the natural beauty of the PRD coastline and fully reflect the cultural character of Hong Kong and Macau,' the report said. It also suggested a long list of projects that the three cities should run together to ease movement of people and goods. It said more cross-border vehicle licences should be issued, while more warehouses and roads should be built around Liantang, in Shenzhen, where a new border crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen is to be built. The study said Liantang could become an important traffic channel on the eastern side of the delta, easing the increasing pressure on the Futian checkpoint. The Lok Ma Chau Loop - which falls between Hong Kong and Shenzhen - Taipa in Macau and Hengqin in Zhuhai could become special trading zones where people and goods would have visa-free access, the report said. The authorities in Hong Kong and Guangdong have signed an agreement to study the use of the loop area, with proposals for a trade hub or creative industries centre being considered. With seven airports - five international ones and two small domestic ones - the delta has the highest concentration of airports among all Chinese city clusters, making co-ordination essential. The study said that while Hong Kong was an undisputed international hub, Guangzhou should be a hub for domestic flights but could improve its connections with other Asian cities. Shenzhen airport could be a transit point for mainland passengers taking international flights in Hong Kong, while Macau airport could focus on passenger flights and Zhuhai airport on cargo. The study also called for a rail link between Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong airports, instead of just the proposed railway between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It said a specialised railway for goods should be built between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, while a passenger rail link should be considered between Macau and Zhuhai. On the cross-border exchange of talent, the report said pilot programmes under which professional qualifications were recognised by all three sides could be conducted under the existing framework of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, the free-trade pact between Hong Kong and the mainland.