HONG KONG -- Businesses here hard hit by the SARS outbreak will be
getting help from the government.
Tung Chee Hwa, Hong Kong Chief Executive, rolled out a
multi-pronged, $1.51 billion economic program April 23 to aid
tourism-related and other businesses impacted by the SARS
The program includes setting aside $128.2 million for a large
scale, post-SARS publicity campaign to encourage the return of
tourism and major conventions; $448.7 million in loan guarantees
for tourism, entertainment, retail and catering businesses; and
waiving for one year certain license fees for tourism related
Additionally, at least $166.66 million will be spent on disease
control, medical research and strengthening of public-hygiene
measures and $25.64 million has been earmarked to provide
assistance and professional training for health care workers.
"Our priority remains to prevent and control the disease," Tung
said in a statement.