Hong Kong is welcoming visitors back with its "Hello Hong Kong" promotional campaign, launched in FEB, and now Canadians can join in as of 17MAY.
Designed to entice travellers, Airport Authority Hong Kong is offering 500,000 sponsored air tickets across various markets via four major home-based carriers: Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express, Hong Kong Airlines and Greater Bay Airlines. In the Canadian market, these tickets are distributed through Cathay Pacific. Although the base fare is waived, Canadian passengers are still responsible for relevant surcharges and taxes.
Limited Tickets Are Available for Canadians
- A limited number of round-trip economy class tickets to Hong Kong will be offered in Canada starting from 17MAY at 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST. There is a limit of one ticket per transaction while supplies last.
- For a chance to access the tickets, Canadians need to sign up to Cathay Pacific website in order to receive their unique code on 17MAY to claim this offer.
- Travellers are responsible for taxes, airport fees and other charges.
One Million "Hong Kong Goodies Vouchers" for Destination-wide Perks
Additionally, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality sectors, has gathered welcoming offers from over 16,000 locations across the city to welcome back visitors. Initially, at least 1 million "Hong Kong Goodies" vouchers will be distributed through the HKTB's visitor centers. 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.
Highlighting Hong Kong's New Experiences and Events
Hong Kong is welcoming visitors with a host of new and upgraded attractions unveiled in recent years, alongside its iconic experiences. Highlighted developments are the M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Peak Tram, Water World Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland's nighttime spectacle "Momentous," and the enhanced waterfront promenades, offering new perspectives of Victoria Harbour.
In addition, Hong Kong will host a calendar of more than 250 events and festivals across 2023. Also, Hong Kong has scheduled more than 100 international MICE events for 2023.
Other Key Updates
Removal of Pandemic Restrictions
Hong Kong Government announced the lifting the mask mandate that took effect on 01MAR.
Additionally, the Canadian government lifted the temporary pre-departure test requirements for air travellers from China, Hong Kong, and Macao, effective 17MAR 2023.
Revival of Hong Kong Cruise Tourism
Five cruise liners are reportedly making maiden trips to the city between early MAR and APR. Resorts World One, the first cruise ship to homeport in Hong Kong since travel fully resumed, embarked on its inaugural tour on 10MAY. The city welcomes an international lineup 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 notes it 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 will make a comeback in JUN after a four-year hiatus. Scheduled for 25-25JUN 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. Tourist will have the opportunity to witness a large sporting event within the city.
For more information, visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board's website.