Written by: Chen Chuolan
2020-08-29 20:00Last update date: 2020-08-29 20:00
The global new crown pneumonia epidemic has lasted for many months, and the tourism industry has been hit hard. The Hong Kong Travel Agency's Poverty Alleviation Alliance recently conducted a survey on measures such as national testing and health codes. It interviewed 1,698 industry professionals in the form of online questionnaires from 26 to 29 this month. Today (29), a press conference was held on the results. The survey showed that 78 % Of respondents support the implementation of the health code as soon as possible. The convener of the alliance Yao Boliang also suggested that the government should consider amending the regulations to allow different travel agencies to set up shared offices to reduce the burden of rent.
Yao Boliang, the convenor of the Hong Kong Travel Agency's Alliance for Alleviation of Distress, suggested that the government should consider amending the regulations to allow different travel agencies to set up shared offices to reduce the burden of rent. (Photo by Gao Zhongming)
Advocate that the cost of testing should be reduced to less than 200 yuan to be in line with the mainland and Macau
The survey results show that 78% of the respondents support Hong Kong’s implementation of the health code and believe that it will help restore the confidence of tourists and call on the government to implement the health code as soon as possible. 82% of the respondents believe that the health code fee is less than 200 yuan is a reasonable level, but at present Hong Kong The test cost is more than 1,000 yuan. A reporter asked if the cost is to be maintained below 200 yuan, does it mean that the government should subsidize nearly 800 yuan to subsidize citizens’ travel. Yao Boliang believes that the health code is not only for citizens’ travel, but also the economics and trade of Hong Kong and the Mainland. There are frequent exchanges, there is actual demand, and the testing costs in Macau and the Mainland are also less than 200 yuan. We call on the Hong Kong government to consider using other reagents to reduce costs.
The current law stipulates that a travel agency must have an independent business location, that is, an independent entrance for the public to enter, and it cannot be located in other business locations. Yao Boliang pointed out that the rental expenses of travel agencies are extremely burdensome to the company. When meeting with the chief executive earlier, an amendment was proposed to allow different travel agencies to share the same office to reduce rent pressure. I believe the government will discuss the relevant proposals. Yao Boliang added that the industry had previously called on Hong Kong real estate developers to reduce rents, but the results were not very effective. Therefore, they proposed a shared office and pointed out that the proposal is a legislative change, not a short-term measure against the epidemic.
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