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HK tackles queue times

WITH more workers available to help manage crowds, the Hong Kong Pavilion could more than halve waiting time for visitors to less than an hour, the pavilion authority said yesterday.

One of the most popular pavilions at the Expo, it now handles more than 10,000 visitors a day and guests are welcome to try a faster entrance flow, said Chan Chi-king, director of HK Expo Affairs Office.

The pavilion has attracted a total of 179,500 visitors since the Expo opened on May 1.

In the early days, visitors had to wait for nearly two hours to enter.

The pavilion also plans to install a reservation machine at the entrance to reduce waiting during the coming hot weather, Chan said.

The pavilion tested the reservation system at the beginning of the Expo by handing out 60 to 150 tickets every hour.

It proved to be effective when all visitors arrived within the time period stated on the ticket, he said.

Some Hong Kong pop and movie stars, including Jacky Cheung who is a pavilion ambassador, may show up at the pavilion to talk with fans.

Chan said the latest policies to attract more visitors to the Puxi Expo site by offering incentives connected to popular pavilions in Pudong has proved to be effective.

He said attendance at Hong Kong's UBPA exhibition - "Smart Card, Smart City, Smart Life" - had increased from 2,000 a day to 7,000.


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