Jackson Wang named tourism envoy for Hong Kong
Pop idol Jackson Wang, a member of the South Korean boy group Got7, has been named the Hong Kong Tourism Envoy by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).
As the HKTB’s first tourism envoy, the Hong Kong-born rapper and dancer will promote the diverse tourism appeal, and the vibrant and unique travel experiences of his hometown to visitors worldwide. An appointment ceremony was held recently to celebrate this important role. Receiving the title from HKTB deputy executive director Becky Ip, Jackson shared with guests and members of the media his personal attachment to Hong Kong. Jackson also introduced to the attendees several of his favourite hangouts and places not to be missed. The pop idol gave his blessings to visitors and the people of Hong Kong by showing off his calligraphy skills, composing hand-written couplets in Chinese and English.
Correspondent from Thai Rath TV, who interviewed Jackson before New Year's parade in Hong Kong posted about Jackson on her Instagram page:
“I am honoured to be invited by the HKTB to take up this role. As a tourism envoy, I can now play a part in promoting my beloved home and birth place to visitors from around the world,” he told the crowd. Jackson will participate in a number of video and photo-shoots to complement the HKTB’s marketing efforts in promoting Hong Kong’s diverse and vibrant travel experiences. He will also be introducing to visitors in these campaigns some of the many exciting aspects of Hong Kong, including arts, entertainment, sports, outdoor activities, gourmet food and night life.
Jackson shared a video from his inauguration ceremony on Instagram:
Part with Jackson starts around 3:00, it's in English.Part with Jackson starts at 1:10, it's in English.
- You made me laugh so hard as I couldn't even get myself together during the interview 😂 Congratulation @jacksonwang852g7 for being the first Hong Kong tourism envoy ever appointed by Hong Kong Tourism Board! 🎉 I'm certain that Hong Kong tourism will be consistently blooming yet growing for this year and beyond due to your incredible personality; talented, outgoing, energetic and warm-hearted, which will create an unprecedented understanding between Hong Kong and other countries. Thank you Jackson for taking your time to be my interviewee. You’re so funny and very 靚仔 (Jackson pen kon ta-lok) You make my first time stay in Hong Kong even more memorable. This surreal starstruck will never be forgotten.
Stay put for this exclusive interview on ThairathTV32.📺 Don’t miss!
Thank you a million time to @discoverhongkong for filling me in this spectacular festival ❤
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Promotional photos:Jackson on Fantastic TV's Entertainment News
After the parade Jackson shared a video on his Instagram page:
For the first time since 2011, Jackson was able to spend Chinese New Year with his family. Staff from his studio also joined Jackson and his parents:
Jackson was also able to celebrate his father's birthday with him in Hong Kong:
Jackson (Wang Jia Er), the Hong Kong member of the Korean boy group GOT7, debuted as a solo singer this year. Jackson recently returned to Hong Kong for a fan meeting and accepted an exclusive interview with Apple Daily to share his thoughts on making music and his views on love and dating.
This year, Jackson released solo songs “Papillon” and “OKAY”, and he took care of both the composition and lyrics, but Jackson did not feel that that was tough. Instead he felt that the filming of the MV was the most difficult: “When I compose my songs, I already have the theme for the song in my mind. The most difficult part is how to turn this theme into a MV and how to realise the concept in my mind. The most difficult is to find a MV director who knows me and understands me, but I have already found (the ideal MV director). ”
When talking about the MV for the song “OKAY” where there were many scenes of him exposing his skin, Jackson said initially there were more scenes like that, but he felt that it was too much and re-edited it to tone it down. Jackson who had to eat out all the time but had to show his figure in the MV, he said that he had no particular way to keep fit, and it had always been like that. He said that he was usually so busy that he had no time to exercise, and that detoxification was more important. But the week before he released any pieces of work, he would pay attention to his diet.
Jackson treated his creative work as “his own son/daughter,” so he insisted on taking care of the entire production process himself. “(The song) is something created by me, it has my soul and it will stay on in this world forever. I cherish it very much.” However, Jackson was open to working with other singers and thought that he could ignite sparks working with different people. He wanted to work with American singer Omarion the most.
Jackson promised to release a Cantonese song in the future. Although making a Cantonese song was difficult, but it would not hinder his determination. Jackson was very secretive, and insisted on not disclosing when it would be released and said that he wanted to give everyone a surprise.
Jackson who had been constantly making music hopes to hold a solo concert within 5 years, and if he had the chance to come back to Hong Kong for a concert, Jackson would most like to invite Bob Lam as guest. “I hope that in the future, not only for a concert, but someone whom I would like to get in touch and interact with is Bob Lam. Something that people don’t know about, and only my Dad knows, when I was very young, I called in to the radio and said that I wanted to be a celebrity. At that time it was Bob Lam’s programme so I want to tell him about this incident.“
Jackson who is really close with his parents, when he was composing, he would always let his Mum listen to it first. He praised his Mum and said that she actually knew music very well and gave very useful advice. However, Jackson had his own views when it comes to matters of love and when choosing his other half, he did not care about nationality. “Does not matter when it comes to love. Age does not matter, nationality does not matter, size does not matter. All these do not matter. If we are compatible then we are compatible.” He also said that his Mum would not be able to object, because it would be his own partner and others had to respect his decision. In the future when he dates or gets married, Jackson promised to be open to the fans, but repeatedly stressed that he was too busy now to have time to date, and that he even had to work this Christmas and New Year’s Eve.Jackson recommends places worth visiting in Hong Kong, talks about being appointed as envoy of Hong Kong tourism and dating.nationmultimedia
When it comes to acting, Jackson said he was very interested, but he had to wait until he understood it and when he was ready. He also said he preferred roles that involved martial arts and police roles. At the end, Jackson said that he hoped to return to Hong Kong more next year, ”I will definitely return if I have the chance. I always thought that I grew up here and I want to have more activities in Hong Kong.”
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