Local tours to peak on Mother's Day: Jason Wong

Local | 2 May 2021 5:30 pm

The number of local tours will peak the coming weekend, which will be Mother's Day, according to Jason Wong Chun-tat, chairman for the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.

Wong also hoped the government would allow more room when requiring tourists to use LeaveHomeSafe, saying that in a radio program today’s morning. 

The government allowed local tours, with up to 30 participants in a tour, to restart under the “vaccine bubble” scheme. Wong said that the Council has been receiving applications from travel agencies and tours are expected to restart within the month. 

Apart from the LeaveHomeSafe app, the schedules of the tours will also be uploaded by the Council for tracing. 

The requirements for local tours to reopen is that all staff have received the first dose of the vaccines and all tourists use the LeaveHomeSafe app. 

Timothy Chui Ting-pong, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Association, said that some coach drivers who are older or have three high -- high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol, are worried about getting vaccine shots. 

Chui added that the vaccination rate of Hong Kong is not ideal and the vaccination scheme still needs more promotion. 

If staff cannot receive vaccines due to health conditions, they must undergo tests and provide relevant medical proof, he said. 

On the other hand, Wong said that flights to Singapore within the first two weeks are fully booked because the supply of business travel was huge and there were only limited flights and tickets. He expected that travel tours may have to wait until summer after more flights have been arranged. 

Wong also believed that Mainland and Macau would open their borders to Hongkongers at the same time, but only under the premise of zero local infection.

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