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2013.10.23   Allocation of camp bays at Pui O website


The Editor
South China Morning Post


Dear Editor,

I refer to the letter of 17 October 2013 from Mr Peter Reid offering his views on the booking arrangements being put in place at Pui O Campsite during the National Day holiday.

To enhance campsite management and facilitate local campers to better plan their activities during the three popular Mainland long holidays, namely the Labour Day, National Day and Lunar New Year, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, with the support from the Islands District Council (DC), launched a trial scheme in April 2013 to offer Hong Kong residents the opportunity to make advanced booking of the camp bays at Pui O Campsite. According to our record, the occupancy rate of the 52 designated camp bays from October 1 to 5 was 100%, while that for the whole period from September 28 to October 7 was around 85 per cent. To avoid wastage due to no-show, camp staff would call up the successful hirers to ascertain whether they would take up their booked camp bays. If there are unclaimed camp bays, they would be reallocated to walk-in campers regardless of their nationality on a first-come, first-served basis. For campers who choose to camp at the lawn area, our staff would monitor closely the situation to ensure that no over-crowding would occur. Based on our observation, campers were in general very co-operative and the order at Pui O Campsite during the two long holidays was satisfactory.

On completion of the trial after the coming Lunar New Year holiday, we will conduct a review of the booking arrangements and report the findings to the Islands DC to determine the way forward.

Horman Chan
Chief Leisure Manager (New Territories West), Acting
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

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