Hong Kong to give away 500000 free airline tickets to revive tourism
SuchTV | Feb 04, 2023
According to international media reports, the "Hello Hong Kong" initiative was unveiled on Thursday but has been in the works for over two years.Tickets will be spread out among the city's three airlines -- flag carrier Cathay Pacific, HK Express and Hongkong Airlines. The 500,000 tickets cost the city about $254.8 million in total.Travelers keen to travel to Hong Kong can visit the World of Winners splash page starting March 1 to enter their names into the flight ticket lottery.The tickets will be allocated in three waves: from March 1 to people across Southeast Asia, from April 1 to people living in mainland China and from May 1 to residents in the rest of the world.Those who have been to Hong Kong before will find a different city than the one they may remember. Some beloved local attractions, like the Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant, have closed permanently. Others, like the famous Peak Tram, have gotten a makeover during the pandemic.The city has rolled back COVID travel restrictions in recent months including mandatory isolation on arrival. It has just announced travel to mainland China will be seamless from next week.Now it is hoping to bounce back from the massive impact the pandemic had on its tourism industry. And part of Hong Kong’s plan involves giving away 500,00 airline tickets worth more than €250 million.Back in October, executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board Dane Cheng told reporters, that the free tickets were initially bought to support airlines during the pandemic.On Wednesday (1 February), Hong Kong's Chief Executive John Lee launched the $2 billion (€1.8 bn) 'Hello Hong Kong' campaign, with the flight ticket giveaway starting on 1 March.
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