Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong Tourism Board

December 29, 2008 17:02 ET

Hong Kong Welcomes 2009 with Spectacular Display

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will stage "Hong Kong's New Year Countdown Celebrations"

Attention: News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, World News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2008) - Presented by International Finance Centre (ifc), with the support from Henderson Land Development Co Ltd, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, the HKTB will stage "Hong Kong's New Year Countdown Celebrations" on New Year's Eve at Two ifc, Hong Kong's waterfront landmark overlooking the world acclaimed Victoria Harbour.

Thousands of spectators are expected to gather along both sides of Victoria Harbour for the extravaganza. As the clock strikes the midnight hour, a pyrotechnics show will be launched from Two ifc and nine other landmark buildings on Hong Kong island to illuminate the glamourous Victoria Harbour, signifying a bright and hopeful New Year for Hong Kong and the world.

To facilitate television broadcasters worldwide to capture the stunning extravaganza in their New Year news programs, the HKTB has arranged satellite live feeds for use.

Please find the event sequence as follows:

1. Event Sequence of the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebration on Dec 31, 2008:

10:57:00 EST-- Countdown Ceremony officiated by The Hon Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;

10:59:00 EST-- Countdown to 2009, 60-sec numerical countdown by LED lights with pyrotechnic display effects on the façade of Two ifc;

11:05:00 EST-- Hong Kong Welcomes 2009 with Spectacular Display. Continue with a 5-minute brilliant pyrotechnical show on 10 landmark buildings* on Hong Kong island, orchestrated by special theme song written and produced by award winning Hong Kong musician Mr Peter Kam

* Two ifc (the tallest building of Hong Kong), Jardine House, HSBC Building, Cheung Kong Center, Queensway Government Offices, CITIC Tower, Harcourt House, Hopewell Centre, Central Plaza, Sun Hung Kai Centre

2. Satellite Live Feed Details:

Countdown Highlight (12/31/2008 1050-1110 EST)

Via IS-9 (Covering America, South Americas)
* Programme name: Hong Kong's New Year Countdown Celebrations
* On-air date & time: 31/12/2008 (HK time: 2350 - 2410) - Free to air signal
* Download link: 4164.5MHz H-pol
* Symbol rate: 6.1113MS/s
* FEC: ¾
* System: PAL
* Encryption System: Free to air signal

Media can download the press release and photographs from DiscoverHongKong.com: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/about-hktb/press-releases.html

/For further information: Please contact the Hong Kong Tourism Board, 9 Temperance Street, Ground Floor, Toronto, ontario M5H 1Y6, www.DiscoverHongKong.com/canada./ IN: INTERNATIONAL, TRANSPORT, TRAVEL

Contact Information

  • Karisa Lui, Assistant Manager, Marketing, Hong Kong Tourism Board
    Primary Phone: 416-366-2389 ext. 24
    Toll-Free: 800-563-4582
    E-mail: klui@hktb.com