HONG KONG - Hong Kong’s government and Hong Kong Travel Board (HKTB) are analysing and discussing the possibility of opening up ‘travel bubbles’ with specific source markets, depending on quarantine, travel and immigration restrictions.
The recent announcement reinstating transit services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting 1 June shows a readiness to receive international visitors when the time is right.
In order to boost the recovery of the city’s tourism, the new Hello Hong Kong! campaign will be rolled out (tentatively) mid-June.
While the campaign will start by re-energising the domestic market, as soon as overseas visitors are able to visit the city, the campaign will be opened up to offer specific promotions, offers and information to tourists.
Locals will find itineraries that cover six themes, including: the skyline, gourmet, local culture, wellness, entertainment and shopping, as well as tips and advice, and over 11,000 offers from Hong Kong’s merchants including travel agents, attractions, restaurants and the retail sector.
Overseas visitors will be offered targeted promotions, offers and information with special tour packages designed for the international market.
Alongside the city’s plans, flagship airline Cathay Pacific has announced additions to its skeleton schedule.
As of 21 June, Sydney, London Heathrow, Los Angeles and Vancouver routes will increase their flights up to five flights weekly.
Melbourne, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Mumbai and Delhi will expand to up to three flights weekly.
Daily services to Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka, Seoul, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City will resume.
Over at Cathay Dragon, flights will be scheduled daily to Beijing, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.