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HKTB hopes relaxed Covid arrangements will encourage travel to Hong Kong, especially by consumers in short-haul markets.
HKTB hopes relaxed Covid arrangements will encourage travel to Hong Kong, especially by consumers in short-haul markets. Photo Credit: Adobe/YiuCheung

Travel agents will play an important role in ensuring the smooth operation of the Hong Kong government’s relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions for inbound tour groups.

Under the new arrangements, those travelling to Hong Kong in tour groups operated by licensed tourist guides will be allowed to visit tourist attractions, including theme parks, temples and museums and designated dining premises when holding the Amber Code of the Vaccine Pass.

The travel agents must, however, pre-register trip itineraries with the Travel Industry Council in Hong Kong beforehand.

Hong Kong has had some of the world’s toughest Covid policies, including the mandatory 3-day hotel quarantine for arrivals.

Currently, all inbound arrivals holding the Amber Code - those under medical surveillance - are banned from entering restaurants, bars, gyms, and salons. With the latest development, travellers in tour groups will be exempted from this ban. Those not in groups will still have to abide by the existing rules.

If the new arrangements work without incident, authorities will look at relaxing the number of COVID-19 tests for group travellers.

Dr. Pang Yiu-kai, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said the new arrangements send a “positive message” to travellers and trade partners. He said the new arrangements would encourage travel to Hong Kong, especially by consumers in short-haul markets.

The HKTB in October, arranged more than 400 meetings with more than 200 local trade partners and representatives in visitor source markets, including tour operators, hotel and attractions, to discuss partnership opportunities and gear up for the return of visitors.

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