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Free return tickets to Hong Kong for foreigners staying overnight

Tourism chiefs are broadening a popular bus and ferry ticket giveaway program for Hong Kong residents to include foreign arrivals.

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Tourism chiefs are broadening a popular bus and ferry ticket giveaway program for Hong Kong residents to include foreign arrivals.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:28 am

Foreigners visiting Macao via Hong Kong by ferry or bus, and staying for at least one night in Macao, will soon be eligible for free return tickets to Hong Kong, according to Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, the head of the Macau Government Tourism Office.

Such a perk is currently only available to Hong Kong identity card holders.

Senna Fernandes said that she hoped more international tourists could be attracted to visit Macau with the free return tickets to Hong Kong promotion extended to them from the middle of next month, according to the Macau Post Daily.

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Macao is keen to attract more foreign tourists in order to reduce its heavy dependence on the mainland Chinese and Hong Kong markets.

The city posted 1.3 million arrivals in January, but just 2.2 percent of them came from outside mainland China and its territories.

Of the  1,593,743 visitors welcomed in February, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan accounted for 1,549,681, leaving only 44,062, or 2.76 percent, coming from other places.

With additional reporting by Mani Fong

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:28 am

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