The Government has launched the Travel Industry Support Scheme (the Scheme) under the third round of Anti-epidemic Fund (AEF 3.0) to provide a one-off subsidy to travel agents and their staff:
- To provide each of the licensed travel agents with a cash subsidy, directly proportional to the number of staff members they have, using a subsidy level (i.e. $5,000) per travel agent staff member as the basis of calculation. Travel agent without any staff will also be getting a one-off subsidy of $5,000; and
- To provide each travel agent's staff a one-off subsidy of $15,000.
- “Eligible travel agent”: a travel agent holding a valid travel agent licence (issued under the Travel Agents Ordinance (Cap. 218)) on 14 February 2020 (the day on which the Government announced the establishment of the Travel Agents Subsidy Scheme under AEF) and when the subsidy is disbursed under the Scheme of AEF 3.0.
- “Eligible travel agents' staff”: staff employed by an “eligible travel agent” on 31 March 2020.
Disbursement of Subsidy
For eligible travel agents and eligible travel agents’ staff who have received subsidy under the Travel Agents and Practitioners Support Scheme of the second round of AEF (AEF 2.0), no application is required. The Government will send SMS notifications to them about subsidy disbursement arrangement. They are required to contact the Travel Agents Registry if there is any updating to their bank account information for receiving relevant subsidy on or before 19 October 2020.
For eligible travel agents and eligible travel agents’ staff who have not applied for subsidy under the Travel Agents and Practitioners Support Scheme of AEF 2.0, they will be required to submit an application with documentary proof to the Travel Agents Registry on or before 27 October 2020. Application details are as follows:
For enquiries, please contact the Travel Agents Registry:
||2735 5600; 2735 5611
||Room 4901, 49/F, Hopewell Centre,
183 Queen's Road East,
Wanchai, Hong Kong
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