Chief Executive John Lee discusses strengthening cultural and tourism cooperation with Mainland minister Hu Heping

The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee (right), met the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr Hu Heping (left), at Government House today.

21st September 2023 – (Hong Kong) Chief Executive John Lee held a meeting with Minister of Culture and Tourism Hu Heping at Government House today to explore opportunities for enhancing cooperation and development between the Mainland and Hong Kong in the realms of arts and culture, as well as tourism. The meeting was attended by Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung and Director of the Chief Executive’s Office Carol Yip.

During the meeting, Mr. Lee warmly welcomed Mr. Hu and his delegation to Hong Kong and expressed his appreciation for Mr. Hu’s guidance and support in the development of arts and culture in the city. Mr. Lee emphasized the importance of continued collaboration between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in order to further support and promote cross-border interactions and performances by arts groups in both regions.

Highlighting the steady recovery of Hong Kong’s tourism industry, Mr. Lee expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for their support and facilitation measures in enhancing tourist exchanges. He expressed his desire for the HKSAR Government to strengthen cooperation with the Ministry to foster the continued growth and development of the tourism industry.

The discussions between Mr. Lee and Mr. Hu focused on exploring ways to deepen cultural ties and foster mutual understanding through joint initiatives. They discussed potential collaborations in organizing cultural events, exhibitions, and performances that would showcase the rich cultural heritage of both Hong Kong and the Mainland. By promoting such exchanges, they aim to create more opportunities for artists, performers, and cultural practitioners to engage with audiences from different regions.

Recognizing the positive impact of tourism on the economy, Mr. Lee expressed his commitment to further enhancing the tourism sector in Hong Kong. He acknowledged the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s support in facilitating tourist exchanges, and expressed his hope for closer cooperation to attract more visitors to both Hong Kong and the Mainland. By leveraging the unique cultural attractions and diverse offerings of both regions, they aim to create a more vibrant and appealing destination for tourists.