Hong Kong giving away 5 lakh free air tickets: How to apply?

Five lakh tickets were pre-purchased by the Hong Kong Airport Administration two years ago and they have now confirmed their intention to distribute them free of charge. The goal is to pay customers to use Hong Kong Airlines’ services when the Asian island begins to reopen its doors to tourism. The total value of the free tickets is approx 2,100 crore (two billion Hong Kong dollars).

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, around five million people visited Hong Kong every year. But in the past two years, Hong Kong has introduced some of the toughest regulations that have hurt its airlines. Regulations are still in place for international guests, although the Hong Kong government dropped the requirement for a hotel quarantine period for visitors in September.

According to Prudence Lai, handing out free airline tickets will speed up the process of restoring Hong Kong’s standing as a top tourist destination. The senior analyst at market research firm Euromonitor International told the BBC that Hong Kong’s pre-Covid position represented the market potential for a full comeback.

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However, with more than half of Hong Kong’s arrivals and travel revenue coming from mainland China, it will depend heavily on when mainland tourists return, she added.

Hong Kong Free Tickets: How to Apply?

There is no solid information on how to apply for these free tickets as Hong Kong plans to distribute the free tickets next year. Hong Kong airport authorities provide the tickets to travelers who are both inbound and outbound. However, there is no timetable yet.

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Hong Kong Tourism will launch the promotional campaigns for the free tickets once the government says it will lift all Covid-19 restrictions on incoming travellers, Hong Kong Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng told the BBC. The agreement with the airlines will be finalized by the airport authority, he added.

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