About 1,000 Hong Kong people are working in the industrial, tourism and banking sectors in Xinjiang , a veteran Hong Kong businessman says. Peter Wong Man-kong, a local deputy to the National People's Congress, and also a hotel owner in the region who has been running a business there for more than 10 years, said he believed the unrest would affect business there for three months. 'There are banks from Hong Kong in Xinjiang. Cotton and textile industries are owned by Hong Kong companies in the region, and about 1,000 Hongkongers work there,' Mr Wong said. 'I don't think the situation in Xinjiang will worsen and I have not yet seen any need to withdraw workers.' His hotel in Turpan was closed in the unrest and advised to strengthen its security measures. A spokeswoman for the Bank of East Asia said the bank had one branch in Urumqi and it had been closed since Tuesday for safety reasons. Hong Thai Travel Services yesterday decided to cancel four package tours scheduled for Xinjiang on July 18 and 19. The 35 Hongkongers involved are eligible for a refund. Travel agency Flying Express, which organised a tour to Xinjiang the same day and wanted to scrap it, had had difficultly in cancelling flights on a number of mainland airlines. The Hong Kong Security Bureau and the Hong Kong government office in Beijing say they are closely monitoring the situation in Xinjiang. Residents who need help while outside Hong Kong can call the Immigration Department's 24-hour hotline on (852) 1868.