Thailand offers new extended-stay visas for Hong Kong, Macau, but quarantine leaves tourism sector’s travel bubble dreams on hold



a group of people with luggage at an airport: Tourists walk through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport before Covid-19 put a freeze on most international travel. Photo: AFP


Tourists walk through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport before Covid-19 put a freeze on most international travel. Photo: AFP

Thailand’s consulate in Hong Kong has launched a visa programme that will allow residents from the city and Macau to stay in the country for up to nine months, though a mandatory 14-day quarantine means the offer is unlikely to move the dial on travel, a tourism sector lawmaker has said.

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China’s duty-free shoppers rush to tropical Hainan as Hong Kong and Seoul off travel list



Tourists fill a duty-free mall in Sanya city, Hainan province, which is seeing a boom in sales during the “golden week” holiday period. Photo: Xinhua


Tourists fill a duty-free mall in Sanya city, Hainan province, which is seeing a boom in sales during the “golden week” holiday period. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese tourists who traditionally rush to duty-free outlets in South Korea or Hong Kong for holiday shopping are being lured to southern China’s island province of Hainan this year as the coronavirus continues ravaging most of the world.

Long queues are a common sight at

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Asian equities opened lower on failed US stimulus talks though rallied over the course of the day. Hong Kong had a strong day despite growing concerns surrounding increased social distancing measures as growth stocks led

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Britain unfairly targeted in Hong Kong’s new Covid-19 travel restrictions



a sign on a pole on a city street: A sign near a pedestrian crossing alerts people to the need for social distancing in Liverpool, England on October 2. The UK has been designated a high-risk country by the Hong Kong government. Photo: AFP


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A sign near a pedestrian crossing alerts people to the need for social distancing in Liverpool, England on October 2. The UK has been designated a high-risk country by the Hong Kong government. Photo: AFP

The Hong Kong government has, effective from October 1, designated the UK as a high-risk country whereby air travellers returning home, besides providing a negative Covid-19 test report, are then tested again on

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Apec failed to see the urgency of restarting travel and tourism. Can Hong Kong take a lead?



a group of people standing next to an umbrella: Filipino tourists wearing traditional Korean hanbok pose for photographs at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul on September 30. With Covid-19 going nowhere and widespread vaccines unlikely for another year, the imperative is to quickly establish protocols for safe travel. Photo: EPA-EFE


Filipino tourists wearing traditional Korean hanbok pose for photographs at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul on September 30. With Covid-19 going nowhere and widespread vaccines unlikely for another year, the imperative is to quickly establish protocols for safe travel. Photo: EPA-EFE

Fulfilling their responsibility to provide advice to leaders and government officials across the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, members of Apec Business Advisory Council (ABAC) two weeks ago drafted

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Grim times for Hong Kong’s travel agencies as 71 companies fold, with more likely to go by year-end



a person standing in front of a bridge: Tourist numbers in Hong Kong have been all but wiped out by the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Sam Tsang


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Tourist numbers in Hong Kong have been all but wiped out by the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has halted international trips, took its toll on 71 Hong Kong travel agents this year, but the industry regulator has warned that the worst is yet to come.

“The outlook is most gloomy for travel agents,” said Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee, executive director of the Travel

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Live music, theatre and other performances to resume after Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong



a group of people walking down a street holding an umbrella: Hong Kong has seen a general decline in the number of local Covid-19 cases but infections among those returning to the city remain high. Photo: Dickson Lee


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Hong Kong has seen a general decline in the number of local Covid-19 cases but infections among those returning to the city remain high. Photo: Dickson Lee

Live performances at entertainment venues could restart from next week’s Mid-Autumn Festival but other social-distancing measures would remain in place, as Hong Kong authorities confirmed three new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.

The announcement will come as a relief to the coronavirus-stricken

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Hong Kong tourism industry pleads with government to restart travel, with Shenzhen trips first on list



a view of a city: Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua


Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong’s return to leisure travel should start with neighbouring parts of mainland China once a retreat of Covid-19 allows borders to reopen, according to a top tourism official in the city.

Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat said its aim was for

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The best luxury hotel deals in Macau for when a travel bubble opens with Hong Kong



a large city landscape: If the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Macau opens, you can take advantage of some special deals at hotels including The Four Seasons Hotel Macao (left) and The Venetian Macao (right).


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If the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Macau opens, you can take advantage of some special deals at hotels including The Four Seasons Hotel Macao (left) and The Venetian Macao (right).

With tentative talk of a travel bubble opening between Hong Kong and Macau, we took a look at some of the best hotel deals currently available in the Vegas of the East.

The deals we found

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