Hong Kong is giving away 500,000 airline tickets in an effort to boost tourism in the region.
The city has rolled back several COVID-19 travel restrictions in recent weeks including a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine.
Now it is hoping to bounce back from the massive impact that the pandemic had on the tourism industry in the region. And part of Hong Kong’s plan involves giving away 500,000 airline tickets worth more than €250 million.
Executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board Dane Cheng told newsmen that the free tickets were initially bought to support airlines during the pandemic. They will be distributed to inbound and outbound passengers in the next year by the city’s airport authority.
“The airport authority will finalise the arrangement with airline companies,” he said.
“Once the government announces it will remove all COVID-19 restrictions for inbound travellers, we’ll roll out the advertising campaign for the free air tickets.”