Hong Kong tourism leaders request people to get vaccinated & resume travel

Published on : Thursday, May 20, 2021

Tourism industry leaders have recently requested the locals of Hong to get vaccinated. This would help the travel sector to resume its services as in the first four months of 2021, arrivals to the city has dropped 100 per cent year on year. On Tuesday, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, airlines and travel agents appealed with the inoculation rate of the city remaining below 16 per cent, far below the target of 70 per cent required to attain herd immunity.


With the sector remaining in depressing state, the board has disclosed that during the four-month period, arrivals dropped 99.4 per cent year on year to 22,244. Though in April, arrivals were 38.3 per cent higher at 5,706 year on year was still a far cry from the daily average of 200,000 in the first half of 2019, before it was paralyzed by anti-government protests and ahead of the pandemic hitting hard.


Dane Cheng Ting-yat, the Tourism board Executive Director, have explained that countries were particularly keeping an eye at vaccination rates and Covid-19 test results in allowing quarantine-free travel.


“The pace of Hong Kong’s tourism recovery is heavily determined by the [development] of the pandemic and vaccination rates around the world,” he said.


“It is important to keep ourselves and our communities’ safe, and getting vaccinated will be the key.”


The vaccination drive of Hong Kong started in late February, has become slow, and with just 15.7 per cent of the population got vaccinated as of Monday with one dose and 10.7 per cent inoculated with two shots. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, earlier on Tuesday, requested Hongkongers to get vaccinated as inoculation was the best way to stop the virus spread.


“I do confess we could do much better in terms of vaccination,” Lam mentioned before her weekly Executive Council meeting. She pinpointed that Hong Kong had more than enough vaccine supplies along a wide network of community inoculation centers administering the shots.

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