The Hong Kong Government had announced on 7 November that specific arrangements for inbound tour group travelers will be launched this month. The specific arrangements will allow inbound tour group travelers who are received by licensed travel agents and have pre-registered their itineraries to enter designated tourist attractions including theme parks, museums and temples, as well as dine in designated catering premises when holding the Amber Code of the Vaccine Pass. The Government will also explore the permissibility of allowing such travelers to undergo fewer nucleic acid tests while balancing the epidemic risks.
Dr. Pang Yiu-kai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) welcomed the Government’s latest announcement. Dr Pang said, “The new arrangements mark Hong Kong’s resumption to normality and send a positive message to travelers and our trade partners around the world. It is expected that the specific arrangements can help gradually attract leisure travelers to visit Hong Kong again, especially consumers in short-haul markets. The HKTB will continue to work with the Government, the tourism industry, and related sectors to demonstrate Hong Kong’s diverse tourism appeal to ramp up travelers’ interests in visiting the city, to drive the revival of tourism in Hong Kong.”
The HKTB has been constantly and closely engaging travel trade and media partners around the world. For instance, in October, the HKTB lined up more than 400 meetings with over 200 local trade partners and representatives in visitor source markets, including tour operators, hotel and attractions, to discuss partnership opportunities and gear up for bringing back visitors.