SINGAPORE: The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is working with its Hong Kong counterpart to offer joint promotional activities to welcome the launch of the air bubble between the two destinations.
The partnership, launched ahead of the first flights on November 22, “demonstrates the close ties between the two destinations as well as a mutual commitment to provide visitors with a safe travel experience,” STB said in a joint announcement with the Office of the Hong Kong tourism. (HKTB) Wednesday (November 11).
This is the first collaboration between the two tourist offices.
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Travelers under the air travel bubble will need to take dedicated flights – with a maximum of 200 passengers each way – but will have no restrictions on the purpose of their trip and will not have to follow a controlled route.
They will also not be subject to a quarantine or a stay at home notice.
However, these travelers must show negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time.
STB Managing Director Keith Tan said that with “Singapore’s strong track record, we are confident Hong Kong travelers can explore Singapore with peace of mind.”
“Singapore’s tourism industry has reinvented our offerings, with new products and experiences that will surprise visitors even if they have been to Singapore before,” he added.
HKTB CEO Dane Cheng also expressed confidence that the territory is ready to welcome visitors.
“Thanks to the united efforts of people from different sectors to strengthen their hygiene measures, we are confident that Hong Kong is clean and ready to welcome visitors again,” he said.
“In addition, we provided a selection of incredible deals to our visitors, including hotels and attractions, a diverse selection of travel experiences and great value deals.”
With the resumption of travel between Singapore and Hong Kong, the health and safety of residents and travelers “remain a key priority,” STB and HKTB said.
“To provide visitors with peace of mind, both destinations have already implemented city-wide health and safety certification programs.
“Singapore’s SG Clean is a national mark of excellence awarded to Singapore businesses – including tourist establishments – that meet its high standards of hygiene and disinfection. Meanwhile, the HKTB has rolled out the Anti-Outbreak Hygiene Measures Certification Program to ensure every point of contact in visitors’ travel is covered by anti-epidemic measures. “
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COLLABORATIONS, CAKES FOR TRAVELERS
As part of the partnership, the two tourism offices will also undertake joint promotional activities.
The first group of visitors can expect special giveaways, such as limited edition face masks that “showcase unique aspects of both cities,” STB and HKTB said.
Travelers traveling on the first bubble air flights departing from the two cities on November 22 will also benefit from a special in-flight menu that includes local dishes from Singapore and Hong Kong. The menu, curated by Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, will be available on all Airline bubble flights through the end of the year.
Singapore tourism offerings include Christmas exhibits along Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay, as well as the new Changi Jurassic Mile and the Aqua Gastronomy dining experience at SEA Aquarium. Hong Kong will also welcome vacationers to the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and art exhibitions such as the Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel.
Travelers can also take advantage of offers and experiences from tourism partners, the statement added.
Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President of Commercial Affairs Lee Lik Hsin said the collaboration is “a signal that we can open up in a safe and calibrated manner with the necessary bilateral protocols in place.”
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“Keeping our customers and our crew safe has always been a top priority, and we are committed to ensuring that all precautionary measures are in place to protect the well-being of everyone during the trip,” he said. he declares.
Cathay Pacific’s main customer and commercial manager, Ronald Lim, said the company was “ready to move passengers safely between the two cities under the new agreement.”
“We believe this will be an important showcase for opening more similar air travel bubbles with other popular destinations in the region and beyond,” he added.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers aboard our first travel bubble flights for a festive getaway as we head into the popular Christmas holiday season.”
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