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New theme zone on retail and tourism created at Education and Careers Expo

A new theme zone on career opportunities in the tourism and retail sectors is featured at the Education and Careers Expo, which opened today (February 23).

Last year, Hong Kong's total visitor arrivals reached a new high of over 23 million, and tourism receipts exceeded HK$100 billion.

The SAR Government is making a bid to extend the Individual Visit Scheme from 38 mainland cities to 44.

The expanding tourism industry will stimulate growth in related sectors, create a strong demand for manpower and provide much-needed jobs for Hong Kong's workforce.

A Tourism and Retail Industry Recruitment Day (February 26) will be held on the fourth day of the Expo to keep job seekers abreast of the latest developments in Hong Kong's tourism and retail sectors.

Education and Careers Expo 2006 is jointly organised by the Trade Development Council (TDC) and the Labour Department, and will run until Sunday, February 26. It is open to the public free of charge.

Exhibitors are also on the rise. In Expo 2005, there were 477 exhibitors; the number had grown to 489 in Expo 2006. They are separated into two themes: 'Education' and 'Careers' for easy access by visitors.

For areas of special interest, the Expo is featuring theme days, offering intensive packages of seminars and activities:

  • Chinese Mainland Study Day, highlighting study opportunities in renowned Chinese mainland universities (February 24)

  • Financial Planning Industry Day and Continuing Education Day, introducing prospects and entry requirements of the financial planning industry, and opportunities for continuing education (February 25)

  • US Study Day, sharing information on student visas and admission procedures as well as forums on study opportunities in Canada and the USA (February 26)

  • Tourism and Retail Industry Recruitment Day (February 26)

The Expo was opened by Mrs. Selina Chow, GBS, OBE, JP, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Council Member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

Joining Mrs. Chow and Mr Cheung at the opening was TDC's Acting Executive Director, Alan Wong.

The four-day expo, which includes exhibitors from 15 countries and regions, also features 70 seminars, 25 education forums and around 150 career video sessions.

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For press enquiries, please contact TDC's Corporate Communication Department at 2584 4333.

Official website of the Expo: http://www.hkeducationexpo.com/

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