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HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong grants new round of subsidies to tourism sector

Around 1,700 licensed travel agents will receive $5,000 per staff member.

The third round of Hong Kong’s Anti-epidemic Fund will continue to support its tourism industry to help tide it over this challenging time.

The government announced the support after the Legislative Council Finance Committee approved the third round of the fund on September 28.

1,700 licensed travel agents will be offered a subsidy directly proportional to the number of staff it has, having a subsidy level of $5,000 (US$645) per travel agent staff member. Travel agents without any staff will also receive a $5,000 (US$645) one-off subsidy.

The fund will give a one-off subsidy of $15,000 (US$1,935) to each travel agent's staff and freelance accredited practitioner who is mainly a tourist guide or tour escort. The Government announced that about 20,000 people are expected to be provided with the benefit.

Further, 3,400 tour service coach drivers will receive a one-off subsidy of $6,700 (US$864).

Eligible travel agents and practitioners who have received a subsidy under the second round of the Anti-epidemic Fund need not apply. The Government will be sending SMS notifications to them about the subsidy disbursement arrangement.

However, they are required to contact the Tourism Commission on or before October 19 if there has been any update to their bank account information for receiving the subsidy. The first payments are expected to be made within a month's time upon setting up of the initiatives.

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