Now, in a significant escalation of the city’s fight to control the virus, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has launched a standardized hygiene protocol in partnership with the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA), one of the territory’s leading conformity assessment bodies.
The protocol aims to provide a unified set of guidelines on hygiene and epidemic control measures for tourism-related industries that customers and visitors can easily recognize and understand to better prepare. Hong Kong for the resumption of inbound trips.
Dr YK Pang, President of HKTB, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new normal to the tourism landscape, and public health and safety has become a priority for visitors. Many international travel and tourism organizations have already put in place guidelines for hygiene and epidemic control. Standardizing hygiene measures for each sector can convey to visitors the message that different sectors across Hong Kong appreciate their commitment to health and safety.
“I am delighted that more than 1,800 companies and outlets expressed interest in the protocol when HKTB consulted with our business partners. HKTB will step up its promotion of anti-epidemic measures taken by the tourism industry and sectors. related to establish a healthy and safe tourism image for Hong Kong and to strengthen the confidence of visitors to visit Hong Kong. “
The protocol will cover shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, coach companies, tourist attractions, travel agencies, etc. Participating companies and outlets are required to comply with a series of hygiene and epidemic control measures. A dedicated HKQAA website (https://hkhygiene.hkqaa.org) will upload details of businesses and outlets after passing the assessment. Businesses and outlets can display a designated logo for recognition to show their commitment to the protocol. The HKQAA will make random visits for ongoing inspections.
Ir CS Ho, President of the HKQAA, said: “During the development of the standardized protocol, the HKQAA referred to guidelines from the Center for Health Protection and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. We aim to promote best practices in hygiene and anti-epidemic measures in sectors related to tourism and recognize their efforts in the fight against the pandemic through verification by a professional and impartial third party, thus restoring public confidence in consumption and out-of-home travel.
“It is an honor for us to partner with the Hong Kong Tourist Board to leverage our strengths by continuously improving overall standards across the industry, establishing a new culture of standardized hygiene under the new standard. “
The HKTB is currently working with the Hong Kong SAR government and the tourism industry to better prepare Hong Kong for the resumption of travel to Hong Kong and aims to welcome visitors again with an assortment of exciting experiences and attractive offers.
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