Half a million Hong Kong flight tickets are up for grabs as part of the government’s “Hello Hong Kong” global tourism campaign. Cathay Pacific announced that it is giving away 80,000 free return flight tickets across Southeast Asia. Hong Kong Airlines is also distributing free air tickets.
Airlines will distribute the round-trip tickets to and from Hong Kong in phases, while the government will run various promotional events. The aim is to attract more international travellers to the city and revive the pandemic-hit economy. Last month, the city finally eased its travel restrictions and reopened the border with mainland China and Macau.
12,500 free air tickets reserved for Singapore residents
Cathay Pacific is offering 80,000 round-trip air tickets to Hong Kong across Southeast Asia, 12,500 of which will go to Singapore residents. The airline will launch the campaign in phases beginning with Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines on March 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia will fall in the second phase.
To qualify for a free ticket, you must sign up on the Cathay Pacific website first. Then go to the World of Winners campaign website and sign in with your Cathay membership details. Next, you will need to answer three questions correctly. Winners must redeem the ticket within a month. It is also important to note that the minimum stay in Hong Kong is two days while the maximum is seven.
Hong Kong Airlines has announced that it will also distribute tickets from March 1 to Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam residents. Hong Kong Airlines will hand out the tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis.
In addition, Greater Bay Airlines will give out tickets to Taiwan in May, followed by South Korea in July. After Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express is expected to make separate announcements on the exact timeline and distribution means.
Enjoy free Hong Kong flight tickets and special offers
The giveaway kicks off on March 1 and will last for six months. While it’s mainly to woo incoming tourists, 80,000 outbound airfares will be reserved for Hong Kong residents as well. The roll out starts off with Southeast Asia in March and then mainland China market in April. Northeast Asia, Hong Kong, and other markets will follow, respectively. Interested participants can register on the airlines’ designated webpages once the giveaway starts for their respective regions.
Tickets will be given through different channels such as a lucky draw, first-come-first-served, or “Buy 1 or more and get 1 free” depending on the participating airlines’ plan and regulations. Stay tuned to their respective social media channels for more information.
In addition to the free flight tickets, visitors can also take advantage of upcoming special offers, vouchers, and incentives. Government officials teased that the campaign is only the start of Hong Kong’s return to normal.
Visit Hong Kong’s brand-new attractions
As more tourists travel to the city, the government also looks to promote new attractions and experiences. Some highlights include the Hong Kong Palace Museum, the brand-new Peak Tram and Ngong Ping 360 cable cars, new attractions at Ocean Park, and many others.
To bring back Hong Kong’s status as a premier destination in Asia, more than 200 events will taks take place in the city in the coming months. These include sporting events such as the Rugby Sevens Tournament as well as arts and culture festivals like Art Basel.
In the campaign’s promotional video, local Hong Kong celebrities such as Aaron Kwok, Sammi Cheng, and Kelly Chen welcomed tourists to visit Hong Kong.
This article was originally published on February 2, 2023 and updated on March 1, 2023.
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