Almost a month after it relaxed the entry of foreign visitors and did away with quarantine regulations, Hong Kong government has recently notified rules that will allow inbound group travellers to resume visiting the island from later in November.
The specific arrangements will allow inbound tour group travellers who are received by licensed travel agents and have pre-registered their itineraries to enter designated tourist attractions and dine in designated catering premises. The Hong Kong government will also explore the permissibility for allowing such travellers to undergo fewer nucleic acid tests while balancing the epidemic risks, say the rules notified earlier this week.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board has welcomed the rules that will allow tourism in the territory to further grow. “The new arrangements mark Hong Kong’s resumption to normality and send a positive message to travellers and our trade partners around the world. It is expected that the specific arrangements can help gradually attract leisure travellers 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 travellers’ interests in visiting the city, so as to drive the revival of tourism in Hong Kong,” says Pang Yiu-kai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).
According to a press statement, the HKTB has been constantly and closely engaging travel trade partners around the world. For instance, in October, the HKTB has lined up more than 400 meetings with over 200 local trade partners and representatives in visitor source markets, including those from tour operators, hotels and attractions, to discuss partnership opportunities and gear up for bringing back visitors.