The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has cancelled
the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival, which
was scheduled to be held from 25 January to 28 January 2020.
In a statement issued on Thursday, HKTB said that
the decision was taken "In view of the latest development of the
novel coronavirus infection [nCoV]" and "after careful
consideration of the need to protect the health and safety of
local residents, visitors, performing groups and working staff."
The HKTB said that it "deeply regrets all
the inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the event," and
"sincerely appreciates all the sponsors, partners, international
and local performing groups, and exhibitors for their support to
The service hours of the HKTB visitor hotline,
2508 1234, have been extended from 9am–6pm to 9am–9pm for any
enquires from visitors and local residents.
On Thursday, Cathay Dragon temporarily suspended
flights to and from Wuhan until 29 February