Hong Kong`s economy has suffered greatly because of SARS. The drastic drop in the number of visitors means that there has been a…
Hong Kong`s economy has suffered greatly because of SARS. The drastic drop in the number of visitors means that there has been a huge drop in the amount of money being spent, with even Hong Kong people themselves reluctant to shop, dine and spend like they normally do. The aviation, hotel, tourism and catering industries have been particularly hard hit, though every Hong Kong business is seeing hard times.
The Tourism Coalition of Hong Kong, made up of members of the tourism industry, including the Board of Airline Representatives, Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners, Hong Kong Hotels Association and Travel Industry Council, has come together to help Hong Kong get their economy moving.
The Coalition`s We Love HK campaign is a community-wide operation aimed at encouraging the public to get out and spend in order to help make up for lost dollars from visitors, encourage Hong Kong people to get their own lives back to normal and give the local economy a much needed boost.
The unique part about this campaign is that business will offer incentives for people to spend money with other companies in a bid to get cash moving through the economy. Everyone who takes part `traders and shoppers` stands to gain.
The campaign will start 1 May and is planned to run through 31 May.
Any business not just ones in the tourism sector can take part. All any shop or business has to do is obtain the We Love HK logo and display it on their window. Every business that takes part must offer extra discounts, privileges or incentives to encourage people to spend money.
Convenor of the Coalition Mr said: We have to look to our own resources to get the Hong Kong economy back on its feet. I hope that many more businesses will get on board and the Hong Kong people everywhere get out to enjoy themselves, spend some money and help get life back to normal.
The airlines are among the companies to have led the coalition`s initiative. Cathay Pacific Airways has already agreed to provide an exclusive award offer on air fares from Hong Kong to selected Asian destinations at a price of HK$ 1,000 only.
Below is a current list of the supporting organisations, however many more are expected to join in the coming days.
- Close to 80 Hong Kong hotels
- More than 1,300 travel agents
- Supporting Airlines
- Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Northwest Airlines, Air Canada, Qantas, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic
- Ocean Park
- Star Cruise
- Supporting Retail Group
- Quality Tourism Services Scheme
- Hong Kong Catering Industry Association
- Association of Restaurant Managers
- Estates Restaurants (H.K.) Merchant Association
- Hong Kong Federation of Restaurant & Related Trades
- Hong Kong Catering Management
- The Sai Kung Food & Beverages Association
- Hong Kong & Kowloon Vermicelli & Noodle Manufacturing Industry Merchants
- Chiu Chow Overseas Food Trade Merchants Association
- Hong Kong Tourism Commission
- Hong Kong Tourism Board
Supporting Travel Agents
Supporting Entertainment Groups
Supporting Catering Groups
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