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Individual visit scheme to expand

The Individual Visit Scheme will be expanded to cover Xi'an in Shaanxi Province and Qingdao in Shandong Province starting from March 6.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today thanked the central government for its positive response to the proposal of enhancing the scheme in an orderly manner and further expanding the eligible cities.   Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung said the further enhancement of the scheme is conducive to the development of Hong Kong's tourism sector and will benefit tourism-related industries such as hotels and retail.   He noted that expanding the scheme enables residents of both cities to explore and feel the unique metropolitan glamour of Hong Kong in a more flexible and convenient manner.        Both with a population of over 10 million, it is believed that Xi'an and Qingdao will bring more high-value-added overnight tourists to Hong Kong.   Mr Yeung said Hong Kong will be hospitable

Cultural ambassador scheme opens

The Community Cultural Ambassador Scheme 2022 is open for applications, the Leisure & Cultural Services Department announced today.   Applicants must be registered local non-profit-making performing arts groups or ensembles of artists that have been active in the past year and have experience in public performance.   They may submit a proposal for activities that encourage holistic wellness in the new normal under the pandemic, interpersonal relationships in the community, or arts education activities.   The proposal should cover one performing art form or more and the proposed projects may include performance, lectures, demonstration, episodic performance or exhibitions or a combination of such activities.   The selected artists and arts groups will organise outreach activities to be performed in various districts in Hong Kong next year to bring arts to the public.    The application deadline is April 26.   Call 2591 1611 or email the Audience Building Office for enquiries.
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