HKETO Newsroom

January 30, 2018

HKETO Director attends Air Canada’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, attended the Lunar New Year Celebration of Air Canada on January 30 in Toronto.

Speaking at the New Year Celebration, Miss Chan first noted the close human ties between Hong Kong and Canada. “According to statistics, there are currently 300 000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong, while there are around 500 000 Hong Kong immigrants in different parts of Canada,” she said. To maintain bonds, personal travel between Hong Kong and Canada has been frequent.

In addition, trade relations also contributed to the frequent people and cargo flows between the two places. Miss Chan said that Hong Kong has been Canada’s eighth largest merchandise export market, which sustained a high demand for cargo business. At the same time, business travel has become more common as more and more Canadian companies, including start-ups, set their foot in Hong Kong.

Apart from trade, Hong Kong is a famous tourism destination which attracts many Canadian tourists each year. “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government has made substantial efforts to develop the city into a world-class premier tourism destination and has continually added new attractions and tourism facilities to make the travelling experience to Hong Kong more diverse,” she said.

Noting 2018 is the Canada-China Year of Tourism, Miss Chan encouraged Canadian travellers to include Hong Kong as one of their destinations when visiting China. Miss Chan said, “In fact, travelling between Hong Kong and other parts of China would never be easier starting later this year, when two important cross-border transportation projects would be commissioned.” She said the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link would shorten the travelling time between Hong Kong and Guangzhou from the present 2 hours to 50 minutes, while the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge would shorten the travelling time from Zhuhai to Hong Kong Airport from the existing 4 hours to 45 minutes.

Before closing, Miss Chan took the opportunity to wish all the guests a prosperous and happy Year of the Dog.

January 30, 2018

多倫多經貿處處長出席加拿大航空舉辦的新春慶祝晚宴

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(多倫多經貿處)處長陳納思於一月三十日在多倫多市出席由加拿大航空公司舉辦的新春慶祝晚宴。

陳納思在慶祝晚宴上致辭時,首先提到香港和加拿大之間緊密的人文連繫。陳納思說:「根據統計,香港現時有三十萬名加拿大護照持有人,同時約有五十萬香港移民在加拿大不同地區居住。」為保持與親友的密切聯繫,兩地的個人旅遊十分頻繁。

此外,港加的經貿關係也促進了兩地之間的人流和物流。陳納思表示,香港是加拿大的第八大商品出口市場,對貨運需求殷切。與此同時,越來越多加國企業,包括初創公司,落戶香港,以致兩地的商貿公幹往來亦越趨普遍。

除經貿外,香港是國際聞名的旅遊勝地,每年吸引大批加拿大旅客。陳納思說:「 香港特別行政區政府一直致力將香港發展成為世界級的旅遊目的地,並持續增加新景點和旅遊設施,務求讓旅客有多樣的體驗。」

二O一八年是加中旅遊年,陳納思鼓勵加拿大旅客到訪中國時,順道將香港列為其中一個旅遊目的地。她說:「事實上,今年稍後將有兩項重要的跨境交通基建工程落成,令往來香港與中國內地更加便捷。她指,廣深港高速鐵路可將往來香港與廣州的時間由現時約兩小時縮短至五十分鐘;另外港珠澳大橋通車後,往來珠海至香港機場,由現在需時四小時大幅縮減至四十五分鐘。」

陳納思最後恭祝所有來賓狗年萬事勝意,身心康泰。