HKGCC Marks 155th Anniversary with Free Ride Day

For Immediate Release

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce held “HKGCC Free Ride Day” on 29 November to celebrate its 155th anniversary. The all-day event, based on the theme “Building a Prosperous Hong Kong with all Members of Society,” allowed everyone in Hong Kong to enjoy free rides on all trams and Star ferries running between Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai/Central.

The event was officially kicked off in the morning in Sai Wan by Chamber Chairman Stephen Ng, CEO Shirley Yuen, Chamber General Committee members and member companies sponsoring the event.

“We welcome everyone in Hong Kong to celebrate our 155th anniversary by taking advantage of free rides on the trams and the Star Ferry today,” said Ng. “These two historic forms of public transportation have, just like HKGCC, served Hong Kong and the public steadfastly for many decades, and also contributed to the economic development of our great city.”

The theme of this year’s Free Ride Day featured a jigsaw puzzle to symbolize that each person plays an important role in Hong Kong’s society. “We all have a role to play in building a better Hong Kong, and it requires everyone coming together in a positive way to achieve this,” said Ng.

The Chamber’s Chairman, CEO, members and staff also greeted members of the public in the morning at Causeway Bay tram terminus and handed out Chamber souvenirs, as well as on the Star Ferry in the afternoon.

The Chamber also partnered with Headline Daily by providing $100,000 from which the public can win cash coupons by answering a simple question about the Chamber on the newspapers Jetso app. The promotion ran in two phases, from 14-21 November and 22-29 November, and winners will be announced on 9 December.

The Free Ride Day festivities were capped off with a party on board a Star Ferry which cruised around Victoria Harbour to thank sponsors and members as well as to mark the Chamber’s 155th anniversary.

Yuen said over 300,000 citizens and tourists were expected to have benefitted from Free Ride Day. She also thanked the 59 members who sponsored the event, and also to media partners HKC Enterprises, Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited and the Sing Tao Group, including Sing Tao Daily, Headline Daily and The Standard, for their assistance in publicizing the event and helping make it a roaring success.


Photo 1: Chamber Chairman Stephen Ng, Vice Chairman Leland Sun, CEO Shirley Yuen, General Committee members, and member companies participating in Free Ride Day and staff pose for a group photo at a ceremony in Sai Wan on Tuesday morning to officially kick off Free Ride Day.

Photo 2: Chamber Chairman Stephen Ng (centre), CEO Shirley Yuen, and General Committee members take a photo in a tram decked in the Chamber’s original logo as part of celebrations to mark the Chamber’s 155th Anniversary.

Photo 3: Chamber Chairman Stephen Ng, Deputy Chairman Aron Harilela, CEO Shirley Yuen and a General Committee member chat with tourists on board the Star Ferry while handing out souvenirs to mark the Chamber’s 155th Anniversary.

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