Hong Kong pumps HK$377m to further support tourism-related sectorsLocal | 5 Aug 2021 2:57 pm
The government announced on Thursday that a provision of about HK$377 million will be earmarked under the Anti-epidemic Fund for providing further support to the tourism and related sectors, as well as the cross-boundary passenger transport trade, citing the coronavirus.
Authorities will provide a new round of cash subsidies to the travel trade and practitioners.
Travel agents with 10 or fewer staff members will be provided with a subsidy at a flat rate of HK$50,000 each, while travel agents with 11 staff members or more, the subsidy level will be directly proportional to the number of staff members they have, with a subsidy level of HK$5,000 per staff member as the basis of calculation.
As for travel agents' staff and freelance accredited tourist guides and tour escorts, a one-off subsidy of HK$7,500 will be provided to each of them. Drivers of tour service coaches will get a one-off subsidy of HK$3,350.
The cross-boundary passenger transport trade will also benefit from the cash subsidies.
Owners of the cross-boundary coaches, cross-boundary hire cars, and cross-boundary ferries will be provided a one-off subsidy ranging from HK$30,000 to HK$500,000.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau Teng-wah, said the tourism industry has been hit hard since the social unrest and the Covid outbreak, and have all yet to recover.
“Despite our efforts, with the epidemic still widely affecting the world, cross-boundary travel can hardly be resumed in the near term,” said Yau.
“Taking into account the grave challenges faced by the tourism industry continuously, the government has decided to provide a round of special further subsidies to continue to support the relevant trades and tide over practitioners during this challenging period," he added.