Hong Thai Travel Services temporarily ceases operations of HK and Shenzhen branches

Local travel agency Hong Thai Travel Services has temporarily halted all branch operations in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to minimize operating costs until the city reopens its international border.

The company said in a statement that its operations over the past two years have resembled entering a “dark tunnel” with no way out in sight, with its tour guides and other employees earning no income and having to switch to different industries. or apply an additional part. – hourly positions, according to SCMP.

“The company hopes to reduce costs and temporarily operate at minimal cost to reserve forces until the borders are fully reopened,” Hong Thai said. However, the agency told local media that it has no plans to permanently shut down the business.

A check by INTERACTIVE-MARKETING has seen its main office and frontline branches in Hong Kong and Shenzhen temporarily closed for the time being. Calls to Causeway Bay and Mong Kok branches went unanswered. INTERACTIVE-MARKETING contacted Hong Tai for a statement.

Social listening company Meltwater recorded a total of 237 mentions related to the incident over the past few days, with 25.3% negative sentiments and 8% positive sentiments.

It comes as the Hong Kong government scrapped hotel quarantine arrangements for inbound arrivals. New ‘0+3’ travel arrangements imposed last month have led to incoming arrivals being restricted to travel in the city under surveillance, but are barred from entering places requiring vaccination checks. The travel agency said Hong Kongers have opted to travel alone instead of sticking to organized tours, so it is difficult for it to resume operations. Additionally, he said he has difficulty getting employees back to work on such short notice, according to the SCMP.

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