Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) recently hosted a familiarization trip for the trade from the GCC. The event welcomed more than 40 trade partners from seven ports to Hong Kong. Attending delegates met with over 70 Hong Kong trade partners at the first-ever Contract Hong Kong event to explore business opportunities.
Hiyam Ouda Ali, tours manager of Alghanim Travel said: “Hong Kong is a magnificent city and completely surpasses my expectation. The destination with all its attractions caters well for families and leisure travellers. We are confident and excited to promote Hong Kong to our clients.”
Elaborating further Peter Hoslin, regional director Europe & New Markets of HKTB, said: “HKTB is happy to have the GCC delegation in town to develop business with Hong Kong travel trade directly for the very first time and foster a closer partnership. The HKTB will continue to work with industry partners in GCC to launch more campaigns and promotions to encourage more people from the region to visit.”
The ties between Hong Kong and the GCC have been growing strong. Last year, arrivals from the region were up 13.4% year on year. In 2014, visitor arrivals have also been increasing steadily.