In major tourism announcement, Hong Kong is offering 500,000 free tickets to tourists starting this March. Part of its ‘Hello Hong Kong’ campaign, Hong Kong leader John Lee the city is “back on centre stage” after three years of strict Covid restrictions.
“Hong Kong is now seamlessly connected to the mainland of China and the whole international world and there will be no isolation, no quarantine,” he said. “This is the perfect timing for tourists, business travellers, and investors from near and far to come and say, ‘Hello, Hong Kong.’”
Hong Kong has recently ended its mandatory hotel quarantine for visitors, as well as PCR tests.
“We hope those who secure the air tickets can bring two or three more relatives and friends to the city. Although we are just giving away 500,000 air tickets, we believe this can help bring Hong Kong over 1.5 million visitors,” Lee said.
How it works
The 500,000 free tickets will be split between three airlines: Cathay Pacific, HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines.
They will be handed out in phases, starting with visitors from Southeast Asia on 1 March, followed by mainland China in April, then Northeast Asia and remaining long-haul markets such as North America from May onwards.
To apply, keep an eye on on the airlines’ websites. Cathay Pacific’s registrations are open now, titled the World of Winners promotion.