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Observation wheel operator “success story” removed from InvestHK’s website

While the future of the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is uncertain at best, with some inidications it might get removed altogether, InvestHK, the government’s foreign investment arm, has removed the ferris wheel’s former operator Swiss AEX from its “case studies” section amid the sudden shutdown fiasco.

InvestHK endorsed Swiss AEX as one of its “case studies” back in 2015. Titled Wheel of fortune, the article interviewed Leon Snep, CEO, Swiss AEX Group and Snep said he “appreciates the government support for this project, especially in granting a prime location along the Central waterfront, testifying to its commitment to enhance this area.”

However, the webpage vanished this week but cached versions of the webpage were still accessible through search engines.

Some netizens bashed InvestHK for removing the article, and added that it’s a PR disaster for the authority as it “pulled away the plank after using it as a bridge”. Another user said it is “not helping with damage control”. Some even suggested the article should even be renamed “wheel of misfortune”.

It’s not the first time InvestHK has removed a case study. In 2015, the government body took down car-hailing app Uber and distanced itself from the company explaining “Uber is now being investigated for allegedly operating outside of the legal ambit, as a standard procedure InvestHK has removed the case study from its website”.

Marketing has reached out to InvestHK for comments.

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