HK unveils US$146mil plan to boost tourism

Visitors take photos at a lookout at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on Dec 29, 2020. - AFP

HONG KONG (Xinhua): The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will roll out short-term and medium-to-long-term strategies worth over HK$1.13 billion (about US$146 million) to boost tourism, a senior executive said when announcing the board's business plan for the year 2021-22 on Wednesday (March 3).

For this financial year, the board will have a marketing budget of HK$1.138 billion allocated by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, including recurrent funding of HK$373 million and additional funding of HK$785 million, said Dane Cheng, executive director of HKTB.

One-tenth of the allocation will be used to promote tourism resources of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Cheng added.

The medium-to-long-term strategies, which account for 40 per cent of the whole funding, aims to attract high-yield visitors.

Under the strategies, the board has been reshaping Hong Kong's tourism brand for sustainable development.

For the short-term strategies which account for 35 per cent of the funding, Cheng said the board will continue its large-scale promotions to attract both local and overseas visitors.

Besides, for the sustainable growth of the tourism industry in Hong Kong, the HKTB will earmark 25 per cent of its funding to enhance subsidy schemes, sponsor travel agencies and industry participants, and maintain Hong Kong's international exposure.

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