|HKTB executive director Clara Chong commented that
the industry's positive growth momentum was now becoming very clear.
"Earlier in the year it was difficult to benchmark our progress
accurately due to the low comparison base of 2003 - but now we're
comparing performance against previous records and still surpassing
them," she said.
"With a few exceptions that the HKTB is addressing, we are
no longer talking about recovery, but about strong organic growth.
We're especially pleased with the performance of our major long-haul
markets. The United States is on target to reach its highest-ever
total this year, as is Australia, while the United Kingdom should
achieve its best performance since 1996."