SINGAPORE — Hong Kong is hopeful its next “air travel bubble” might be with mainland China, the govt director of the metropolis’s tourism board has mentioned.
Dane Cheng informed CNBC such plans would hinge on the success of the forthcoming Hong Kong-Singapore travel hall. But he famous that including an identical association for quarantine-free travel round China’s Greater Bay Area could be the logical next step for enterprise and leisure vacationers.
“The next one for Hong Kong that we would like to see (would be) with the mainland, the Greater Bay Area,” Cheng mentioned Friday.
The Greater Bay Area hyperlinks a number of cities in Guangdong province with the particular administrative territories of Hong Kong and Macao.
“That would be a key border for us,” he added, noting each proximity and customary enterprise and household ties.
If the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble is suspended due to the deteriorating coronavirus state of affairs in both metropolis, it might sprint hopes of air travel bubble turning into a mannequin for different international locations.
Cheng, for his half, famous that each side would have to be “cautious” about implementation of the program. But he added that it’s “an important first step” in resuming worldwide travel.
In October, vacationer arrivals into Hong Kong had been down 99% year-on-year, to 7,800 passengers. Typically, vacationers from mainland China account for 60% of Hong Kong’s inbound tourism.
“We would like to see more countries and more regions, more cities, planning to open in the first quarter of the coming year,” mentioned Cheng.
On Wednesday, main Asian travel operator Klook mentioned tourism boards throughout the area had already been in contact to talk about plans ought to different bilateral travel offers emerge.