The Hong Kong government has announced plans to provide 500,000 free tickets as part of an effort to revive tourism and bring visitors back to the city.
The “Hello Hong Kong” initiative was unveiled on Thursday but has been running for over two years.
Tickets will be distributed by Hong Kong’s three airlines: Cathay Pacific, HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines. 500,000 tickets cost a total of $254.8 million.
How giveaways work
Travelers wishing to travel to Hong Kong can visit the World of Winners splash page and enter their name in the ticket draw starting March 1st.
Tickets will be distributed in three phases: across Southeast Asia from March 1st, Mainland China residents from April 1st, and residents of the rest of the world from May 1st.
The Hello Hong Kong campaign launching ceremony was held on February 2nd.
Locals can also get in on the action. From July 1st, select air tickets will be available to Hong Kong citizens eager for a chance to make up for lost travel time.
Those who have been to Hong Kong before will find a city unlike anything they remember.
Some beloved local attractions, such as the Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant, are permanently closed. Others, such as the famous Peak Tram, have been transformed during the pandemic.