Boat tours planned to new bridge

Local | Jane Lam 21 Feb 2018

Many travel agencies will launch short tours, with a special itinerary to visit the soon-to-be-completed Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, from the end of this month.

While boat trips close to the bridge received a good response, Hongkongers are not so keen on these trips, agencies said.

EGL tours has launched a two-day trip that covers Zhuhai and Zhongshan. Tourists will meet and leave in Shenzhen.

The EGL tour has a major focus to visit the Zhuhai Grand Theater and a boat trip for visitors to closely observe the bridge. The trip will cost HK$559 a head, and the first will set off on March 2.

However, since the itinerary launched at the beginning of February just over 10 customers have booked a spot.

Huen Kwok-chuen, executive director at EGL, said the agency is considering promoting the bridge tour.

"Until now, we are still unsure about whether the first trip can kick off as planned or not. The response for the trip is not satisfactory," Huen said.

Hong Thai also launched a similar two-day tour in Zhuhai and Zhongshan on February 5. It includes a 90-minute boat trip near the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

The two-day trip costs between HK$489 and HK$559. The earliest trip will start by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, mainland media reported that 10,000 people joined Zhuhai boat trips to see the bridge during the first three days of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Tourism sector legislator Yiu Si-wing said: "Hong Kong people are not unfamiliar with bridges - we have Stonecutters Bridge and the Tsing Ma Bridge. Compared with mainlanders, it is foreseeable that locals are not as keen."

Jane Lam

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