Written by: Zhong Yan
Last update date: 2021-06-10 18:27
The new crown pneumonia is still raging around the world, the tourism industry continues to stall, and outbound travel is nowhere in sight.
Under the epidemic, Dongyingyou opened an online store to sell daily, Taiwan, and Malaysian products to allow employees to have income, which became the company's main source of income during the epidemic.
Yuan Haoyi, Executive Director of Dongying Tour, pointed out that the retail store was originally intended to be transitional, but the response was good. Today (10th) the travel agency store in Tsuen Wan was changed to a physical store. The retail business will become a long-term development, even if the tourism industry recovers. Continuing, we will also hire tour guides and other staff who were dismissed earlier, and temporarily recruit about 20 people.
Dongyingyou EGL Market physical store opened today.
(Photo by Zhong Yan)
Yuan Haoyi pointed out that the epidemic has paralyzed the tourism industry for a long time and affected the family budget of employees. In order to allow employees to have income, a retail business was opened last year. Using the network of travel agencies, tour guides and colleagues became buyers and collected specialty products from various places. Therefore, we spent a 7-figure amount to change the travel agency in Tsuen Wan into a physical store, which means that during the first month of trial operation, the turnover increased by 40%.
Yuan said that the retail business's business volume is still "not comparable" to the travel business, but it has now become the main income of the group. In the future, even if the tourism industry recovers, it will continue to develop the retail business. It is expected that multiple entities will continue to be opened in different regions in the future. However, it means that most travel agency shops are currently in office buildings, and the flow of people is not satisfactory, or they will not be converted to physical stores.
Yuan Haoyi pointed out that the physical store has hired about 20 employees who had been dismissed earlier.
(Photo by Zhong Yan)
Yuan said that the original intention of the retail store was to "start work" for colleagues, so it has not hired retail professionals so far. All of them have re-employed tour guides and other employees who had been dismissed in the past to be responsible for shop fronts, logistics and transportation.
Many companies have launched a vaccine lottery campaign "Guzhen". Dongying Tour executive director Xuan Guoquan also stated that the group will give out travel-related prizes as a lottery, but the details will be announced later.
At the same time, Yakumaru Yu, director of the Hong Kong Office of the Japan National Tourism Administration, was invited to discuss whether there will be "tourism bubbles" in Hong Kong-Japan tourism and how the Japanese Olympics will be promoted in Hong Kong. He said that communication between the Japanese and Hong Kong governments is still pending. Focus on cooperating with Japanese restaurants and retail stores to maintain the momentum of Hong Kong people's travel day.
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