HONG KONG & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hong Kong is ready to welcome global visitors with its recent "Hello Hong Kong" promotional campaign, launched in February. This initiative represents the city's enthusiastic outreach to international tourists. To entice travelers, Airport Authority Hong Kong is offering 500,000 sponsored air tickets across various markets.
In the U.S. market, tickets are distributed through Cathay Pacific. Although the base fare is waived, U.S. passengers are still responsible for taxes, fees, and surcharges.
Limited Tickets Are Available
- A limited number of round-trip economy class tickets to Hong Kong will be offered in the U.S. beginning May 17 at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST. There is a limit of one ticket per transaction while supplies last.
- For a chance to access the tickets, U.S. visitors need to sign up at the Cathay Pacific website to receive their unique code on May 17 to claim this limited-time offer.
- U.S. travelers are responsible for taxes, fees, and surcharges.
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One Million Hong Kong Goodies Vouchers for Visitors to Enjoy Citywide Perks
Aside from air tickets, the HKTB, in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality sectors, has assembled an array of enticing deals from over 16,000 outlets across the city to welcome back visitors. Initially, at least 1 million "Hong Kong Goodies" visitor consumption vouchers are being distributed by HKTB’ s designated channels. These vouchers include complimentary welcome drinks at participating bars, restaurants, and hotels, or cash vouchers redeemable in the transportation, culinary, and retail sectors, as well as at various attractions.
Showcasing Hong Kong's New Experiences and Events
Hong Kong welcomes visitors with a host of new and upgraded attractions, alongside its timeless iconic experiences. Among the multitude of exciting developments, the most notable are the M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District, the state-of-the-art sixth-generation Peak Tram, Water World Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland's captivating night-time spectacle "Momentous," and the enhanced waterfront promenades, offering breath-taking new views of Victoria Harbour.
In addition, Hong Kong will host a year-round calendar of more than 250 events and festivals across 2023. Also, boasting unrivalled facilities, event spaces, and networking opportunities, Hong Kong has scheduled more than 100 international MICE events for 2023.
Other Key Updates as Travel Resumes
CDC Removes Pre-Departure Testing Requirement for Travelers from Hong Kong
The World Health Organization has said COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency of international concern on May 5. Earlier in March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed the requirement for air passengers from Hong Kong to show a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery before boarding a flight to the United States.
Hong Kong Welcomes Visitors
Dr. Pang Yiu-kai welcomed the Hong Kong Government's announcement on lifting the mask mandate that took effect on March 1. He said, "As the mandatory mask-wearing rule is lifted, all social-distancing measures in Hong Kong have come to an end. Both the local public and all visitors from around the world can now enjoy the many experiences in Hong Kong to the fullest. This not only directly marks Hong Kong's full return to normal but also gives a shot in the arm to the revival of our tourism industry."
Revival of Hong Kong Cruise Tourism
Cruise tourism in Hong Kong is headed towards a steady revival, with five cruise liners making their maiden trips to the city between early March and early April. Resorts World One, the first cruise ship to homeport in Hong Kong since travel fully resumed, embarked on its inaugural tour on March 10. HKTB Executive Director Dane Cheng highlighted the significance of these developments in reaffirming Hong Kong's status as a regional cruise hub and international travel destination. The city welcomes an international line-up of maiden cruise calls, including ships from Germany, the U.K., and Italy. Resorts World One will make three departures per week in the coming year, offering new cruise experiences to consumers. The HKTB has secured 16 cruise lines and over 150 ship calls to Hong Kong and will continue to support cruise companies in maintaining and increasing cruise calls to the city, as well as launching promotional campaigns and building partnerships in the Greater Bay Area.
Dragon Boat Festival Races Resume
The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races are poised to make a comeback in June after a four-year hiatus. Scheduled for June 24-25 in Victoria Harbour, the event will be co-organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association. This year's competition will host local, Mainland, Taiwanese, and international dragon boat teams. For the first time, cash prizes will be introduced for the winners of the four primary races. As elite dragon boat athletes from around the globe convene in Hong Kong, both residents and tourists will have the chance to experience the thrill of this significant sporting event.