(Policy Address) Government’s HK$600m relief a timely help amid tourism hardship

Local | 25 Nov 2020 6:33 pm

Hong Kong Travel Agent Association chairman Freddy Yip Hing-ning said the HK$600m relief for the industry has “hit the spot”, especially when the Employment Support Scheme is about to end.

He hopes authorities could up their disease prevention measures including implementing mandatory citywide virus testing to attract travelers back to Hong Kong.

“In the long run, these measures should clear all cases in the city, enabling cross border travels,” said Yip.

A spokesman from Wing Lee Cross Border Bus Company said they welcomed the new relief measures, but stressed that not all Cross Border Bus Company has travel agent licenses, meaning those may not benefit from it.

While a spokesman from the Eternal East Cross-Border Coach Management said authorities are not doing enough to support the industry.

“Authorities should plan ahead how should the industry proceed to operate after the introduction of the Covid vaccines, not having any delay in implementing the policies to revive the industry,” the spokesman added.

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