Some 35 per cent of people could not name Hong Kong as the host of this year's East Asian Games, a survey this month by the Civic Party found. It also found about 40 per cent of the 1,007 people interviewed were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with preparatory work for the Games, which will take place in December. Still, one in two said they had confidence in the city's role as host. About 40 per cent said they were interested or very interested in watching the Games, while 35 per cent said they did not care. Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan urged the government to strengthen its promotion of the Games, with a focus on introducing individual sporting events. A Leisure and Cultural Services Department spokesman said last night the government and 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited had planned a set of 'comprehensive, diversified and cost-effective strategies' to be rolled out to promote the Games. He said visual and audio promotional announcements containing the Games theme song had been airing on television and radio from the middle of this month. The publicity material would be edited into DVDs to be distributed in schools, government premises and big shopping arcades for broadcast. Various exhibitions and related activities had also been held at the EAG Gallery at the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre, where souvenirs had also been on sale, the spokesman said. A series of promotional programmes had been prepared for coming months, such as a display of the Games' mascots at the Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival next month and the Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival in October. The Hong Kong Flower Show in March would also adopt the Games as its theme.