Hong Kong is ready to welcome global visitors with its recent "Hello Hong Kong" promotional campaign, which launched in February.
To entice travellers, the Airport Authority of Hong Kong is offering 500,000 sponsored air tickets across various markets via major home-based carriers.
In Canada, these tickets are distributed through Cathay Pacific. (Although the base fare is waived, Canadian passengers are still responsible for relevant surcharges and taxes).
A limited number of round-trip economy class tickets to Hong Kong will be offered in Canada starting from May 17 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 May 17 to claim this limited-time offer.
Travellers are responsible for taxes, airport fees and other charges.
"Hong Kong Goodies"
Aside from air tickets, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality sectors, has assembled enticing welcoming offers from over 16,000 outlets across the city to welcome back visitors.
Initially, at least 1 million "Hong Kong Goodies" visitor consumption vouchers will be distributed through the HKTB's visitor centres.
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.
Notable new attractions include the M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District, the sixth-generation Peak Tram, Water World Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland's nighttime spectacle "Momentous," and enhanced waterfront promenades, offering new perspectives of Victoria Harbour.
Cruise tourism in Hong Kong is headed to a steady revival, with five cruise liners making their maiden trips to the city between early March and early April.
The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, scheduled for June 24-25 in Victoria Harbour, are also poised to make a comeback in June after a four-year hiatus.
Hong Kong will host a year-round calendar of more than 250 events and festivals, and more than 100 international MICE events, in 2023.
Hong Kong's return to normal
Dr. Pang Yiu-kai welcomed the Hong Kong Government's lifting of its mask mandate on March 1.
"As the mandatory mask-wearing rule is lifted, all social-distancing measures in Hong Kong have come to an end. Both the local public and all visitors from around the world can now enjoy the many experiences in Hong Kong to the fullest,” he said. “This not only directly marks Hong Kong's full return to normal but also gives a shot in the arm to the revival of our tourism industry."
The Canadian government has also lifted pre-departure test requirements for air travellers from China, Hong Kong, and Macao.
"We welcome the removal of pre-departure test requirements for travellers from Hong Kong. Along with the relaxation of most travel restrictions in Hong Kong and the elimination of the city's mask mandate, it is now more convenient for Canadians to visit Hong Kong,” stated Michael Lim, director - Canada, Central & South Americas at the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
“We look forward to welcoming our Canadian friends to immerse themselves in our rich culture, thriving arts scene, world-class dining, and breathtaking outdoors."