DestinationsHong Kong's specific arrangement for inbound tour groups allow visitors to dine in designated areas of restaurants.

Groups who travel together, eat together in Hong Kong

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Inbound tour groups would be able to dine in designated areas of restaurants, provided that travel itineraries and catering facilities have been pre-registered with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.
Inbound tour groups would be able to dine in designated areas of restaurants, provided that travel itineraries and catering facilities have been pre-registered with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Adobe/wooooooojpn

Hong Kong’s specific arrangements for inbound tour groups on dining and Covid-19 nucleic acid tests comes at an opportune time for the city as winter beckons.

According to an 18 November decision by the government, tour groups would be able to dine in designated areas of restaurants, provided that travel itineraries and catering facilities have been pre-registered with the Travel Industry Council (TIC) of Hong Kong.

In late September, Hong Kong implemented a “0+3” measure in a bid to ease some of its stringent Covid-19 rules on individual arrivals, where visitors are required to keep track of their health status for three days without having to quarantine.

The tour group ruling, which is its latest revision on inbound travel, came into effect on 19 November, catching a Thai tour group off guard, as their tour agent did not have adequate time to make the arrangements with the TIC.

The 50-member group, which arrived on 19 November, had to dine on meal boxes in their hotel rooms for three days, only to enjoy a proper restaurant trip on the final day of their tour in Hong Kong.

Welcoming the government's announcement, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) chairman Pang Yiu-kai said: “Becoming effective before the travel peak season of Christmas and Chinese New Year, the new arrangements will help bring back short-haul visitors to experience Hong Kong’s seasonal festivity, especially those from Southeast Asia.

“The HKTB will continue to work closely with trade partners in promoting the diverse and exciting activities and experiences in town to attract inbound visitors to the city,” said Pang.

In line with that, HKTB Southeast Asia regional director Raymond Chan said more trade and marketing activities for Southeast Asian groups would be rolled out in the coming months.

“We are glad that the announcement of the new travel guidelines has been well received by our Southeast Asian partners and consumers,” Chan added.

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