Local tours open to residents

The Tourism Board plans to give out free places on local tours to 10,000 residents who spend between HK$800 and HK$1,000 in shops. Ricky Tse Kam-ting of the Hong Kong Inbound Tour Operators Association said the program would not be a major boost for agencies, but it could...

Sophie Hui and Maisy Mok

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Tourism Board plans to give out free places on local tours to 10,000 residents who spend between HK$800 and HK$1,000 in shops.

Ricky Tse Kam-ting of the Hong Kong Inbound Tour Operators Association said the program would not be a major boost for agencies, but it could help reestablish confidence in the SAR.

Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat said there will be 50 itineraries such as Tai O shrimp paste-making activities and the F11 Foto Museum in Happy Valley.

"Foreigners are interested in all these tours when they visit," he noted.

Cheng said 50 travel agencies would be involved in tours, which will be four-hour attractions with guides, transportation and a meal.

But the tours will not be launched until the restriction on public gatherings is relaxed as each group will have 20-30 people.

Cheng said the tours are aimed at encouraging domestic consumption.

And with Hong Kong discussing a "travel bubble" scheme aimed at providing quarantine-free travel with 11 countries, the SAR could set the pace, he said.

Promotions will kick in at an appropriate time, Cheng added.

They will include a Hong Kong travel show on TV and online channels, including memorable footage of famous climbers on Lantau Peak.

Meanwhile, tourism sector legislator Yiu Si-wing said he had not heard in recent years about Hong Kong Disneyland having plans for a second phase of the theme park.

His comment came after the government announced that because of economic conditions reclaimed land next to the park will no longer be reserved for its expansion.

Yiu also said the site should be used for tourism development.

But Democratic Party legislator Andrew Wan Siu-kin said the government should consider rezoning the site and nearby land for residential use.