There are benefits and prizes up for grabs this summer for Hong Kong residents who choose to be vaccinated against Covid-19, thanks to several local tourism companies who have pledged their support for the government’s vaccination campaign.
This month, Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland have prepared US $ 26 cash coupons and US $ 32 gift bags respectively for eligible residents, while Cathay Pacific is hosting a lottery that dangles a “flycation.” aboard an A321neo as the ultimate prize plus a total of 20 million Asia Miles for 110 residents.
Genting Cruise Lines launches the Go! Super Seacation contest for Hong Kong residents who accept a jab. Five prizes are offered, including the grand prize of an All-You-Can-Cruise Annual Pass that includes accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin with Balcony for up to four people, valued at approximately 500,000 million US dollars.
Genting Cruise Lines, Chairman, Kent Zhu, said the move was to thank Hong Kong residents for their enthusiastic support for the resumption of the company’s cruises as well as their continued efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
Hotel companies have also jumped behind the nationwide vaccination campaign. Chinachem Group, owner of Nina Hospitality, has set aside US $ 2.6 million in accommodation vouchers at its properties, vouchers and catering cards.
The Great Eagle Group real estate company has also introduced the Stay Safe and Save package which offers 1,000 overnight stays each month from June 1 to August 31, 2021 at a 50% discount. The incentive, available at participating hotels such as The Langham, Hong Kong, Cordis, Hong Kong and Eaton HK, is only available to guests who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Langham Hospitality Group, CEO Stefan Leser told TTG Asia: “We need to play our part in helping the vaccination effort because we want Hong Kong to achieve herd immunity at a faster rate. Getting vaccinated is a step in the right direction and will bring us much closer to the long-awaited recovery in the hotel industry. We hope that by offering these very attractive incentives, we can encourage more residents to get vaccinated so that our borders can open and travel can resume safely for all. “
In addition, the Hong Kong Tourist Board is now considering a new round of free tour and delightful stay exchange programs, as well as “stay” offers for residents who have been vaccinated. Details on the buyback programs are expected to be released later this month.
Hong Kong tourism companies are not the only ones funding pro-vaccination campaigns. As of June 14, offers worth HK $ 160 million (US $ 20.6 million) had been made by companies in various industries. Vaccinated residents can potentially win food and shopping vouchers and gold bars, open fixed-interest savings accounts with a local bank, or participate in lotteries that could earn them cars. Mercedes-Benz, an apartment in Kwun Tong worth US $ 1.4 million and cash coupons. redeemable for first-hand real estate purchases.
These benefits appear to be paying off, as the daily vaccination rate in Hong Kong has increased dramatically. At time of printing, 3,006,207 doses have been administered. The daily vaccination rate reached nearly 46,000 compared to an average of 7,000 at the start of the vaccination program in late February.