The tour agency business could reach 70 percent of its prepandemic level by the end of next year, says Wing On Travel - one of the biggest travel agencies in Hong Kong which is opening two more branches in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
At the opening of the Causeway Bay branch yesterday, Wing On Travel chief executive Lanny Leung Kong-lan said seats for tours between the Christmas and New Year peak season are half full.
According to the company's website, over 60 group tours departing between December to January are available.
Apart from group tours, Wing On also saw its flight ticket sales triple in October while hotel package sales doubled.
"Since the 0+3 arrangement was announced, we have recorded an 80 percent month-on-month business growth in October with tours to Turkey and Japan seeing a significant increase," Leung said.
She also added that the number of customers has since reached 10 percent of the same period in 2019 and expressed confidence that the business will further recover as airlines increase flights. The agency will open its Mong Kok branch next month.
Leung believes that local tourism could be recovered sooner if the city removed all Covid
testing requirements upon arrival.