HK government rolls out new steps to help tourism-linked sectors

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The Hong Kong governing administration has announced its strategies to present a new round of unique further income subsidies to the vacation trade and practitioners, hoping to aid the business which is afflicted by the pandemic. 

The govt mentioned the provision of about HK$377 million will be earmarked below the Anti-epidemic Fund (AEF) for delivering exclusive even more help to the tourism and related sectors. 

For case in point, journey agents with 10 or fewer personnel members will be provided with a subsidy at a flat level of HK$50,000 each individual for journey brokers with 11 workers members or additional, the subsidy level will be right proportional to the variety of workers users they have, with a subsidy amount of HK$5,000 per staff members member as the foundation of calculation. It is envisioned that 1,600 travel brokers will benefit from this measure. For travel agents’ personnel and freelance accredited vacationer guides and tour escorts whose primary occupation is tourist information and tour escort, they will receive a a single-off subsidy of HK$7,500. About 18,400 people will gain from this evaluate as well. 

In addition, drivers of tour support coaches primarily serving vacationers will obtain a 1-off subsidy of HK$3,350 will be furnished to each tour services mentor driver. This evaluate is predicted to gain 3,400 drivers. 

For journey agents or practitioners who are eligible for and have been granted subsidies in the very last round of the Tourism Market Additional Assist Scheme, they are eligible for this new round of exclusive further more funds subsidies and need to have not submit applications afresh. The initial subsidy payments are envisioned to be manufactured starting off from early September.

“Even with our initiatives, with the pandemic continue to extensively impacting the world, cross-boundary or border journey can barely be resumed in the close to expression. Using into account the grave worries faced by the tourism market consistently, the governing administration has made the decision to give a spherical of exclusive more subsidies to carry on to support the appropriate trades and tide over practitioners through this hard period,” claimed Edward Yau, secretary for commerce and economic improvement. 

He added, “All through the previous interval of time, the federal government has, by different rounds of the AEF, delivered economic assist to the tourism-relevant sector and cross-boundary passenger transport trade. At situations when the pandemic in Hong Kong has stabilised, the government has also been actively producing room for enterprise for the tourism market, like enabling the resumption of regional tours and ‘cruise-to-nowhere’ itineraries, as perfectly as exploring the arrangements of developing ‘travel bubbles’ with other economies.”

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