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The government is doling out free Hong Kong-Macao bus tickets to tourists

Foreign and Taiwanese travellers will be eligible for the perk, in a bid to boost tourism via Macao’s sister SAR.

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The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has launched a special free Hong Kong-Macao bus tickets offer targeting international and Taiwanese travellers to Hong Kong, encouraging them to weave a side-trip to Macao into their itineraries.

This is in the form of free bus tickets between Hong Kong International Airport and Macao. The tickets are limited by a quota – not specified in MGTO’s statement – and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The offer is set to spur twin-destination tourism to Hong Kong and Macao while tapping a more diverse range of international visitor markets,” MGTO said.

[See more: Can Macao convince two million foreigners to visit in 2024?]

Eligible visitors landing in Hong Kong can get their free tickets from the airport’s direct bus service counter after presenting their passport and boarding pass. The promotion period kicked off on New Year’s Day and will last until the quota runs out, MGTO said.

In November, the government announced plans to spend 235 million patacas on luring foreign tourists to Macao in 2024, in order to reduce dependence on the mainland Chinese gaming market. Target markets include Northeast and Southeast Asia. 

In 2023, Macao’s top five international sources of arrivals were the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, the US, and Thailand. The first two countries are the source of significant migrant worker populations in Macao.