17 Nov 2020
According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in October were down by 99.8%, year-on-year. As a result, October, was the ninth month that saw a drop of more than 90% since February.
Throughout the period between January and October, the HKTB noted a decline of 92.9%, reaching less than 3.56 million.
The announcement followed the partnership between the HKTB and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), which both agreed to collaborate to welcome the launch of the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble (ATB).
First flights are set to take place on November 22, 2020.
first batch of visitors on the ATB will receive special gifts, including limited-edition reusable face masks. Both tourism boards will be promoting activities.
Local food favourites from Hong Kong and Singapore, curated by Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines will also be given to the travellers on the first ATB flights out of both cities on November 22.
“It is a hugely important moment that shows the world that safe international travel is possible and paves the way for us to bring tourist flights to and from other markets,” HKTB executive director Dane Cheng said.
Moreover, Singapore Airlines executive vice president commercial Lee Lik Hsin noted, “The Air Travel Bubble arrangement between Singapore and Hong Kong facilitates the keenly anticipated return of leisure travel for both cities as we continue with our recovery from Covid-19. It is a signal that we can open up in a safe and calibrated way with the necessary bilateral protocols in place.”