Abstract of survey results
Recently the government announced that Hong Kong and Singapore have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a travel bubble. The DAB interviewed over 1,000 Hong Kong people aged over 18 years from September 30th to October 8th regarding the “health codes” and “travel bubbles”. Survey results show that l close to half of respondents have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in regard to both work and leisure travel outside Hong Kong.
around 77% of respondents are aware the discussions between the HKSAR government and other countries about the arrangement of “travel bubbles”.
63% of respondents are in favor of the government quickly implementing measures to set up travel bubbles.
54% of respondents said that they will go on travel through the “travel bubble”.
close to 70% of respondents feel that $200 or less is a reasonable price to pay for virus testing before going on travel.
around 72% of respondents agreed with the government implementing stronger measures to reduce the number of COVID cases in Hong Kong to zero to give other countries or regions the confidence of setting up travel bubbles with Hong Kong.
68% of respondents believe the setting up of travel bubbles and a Hong Kong health code will stimulate local spending and promote the economy.
The survey results show that the public generally support the implementation of travel bubbles and a local health code. The government should encourage competition by opening up more virus testing centers and cut the doctor’s verification cost to lower virus testing fees when implementing travel bubbles and a local health code. The government should also implement stronger measures to reduce the number of COVID cases in Hong Kong to zero. These measures include mandatory virus testing, strengthen public essaging for the public to better understand the civic responsibility of taking mandatory virus testing. In addition, the government should improve existing provisions to facilitate the launching of the mutually recognized health codes with the Mainland and Macao, so as to open up the border and revive both travel and the economy.
Finally, the government should provide further support measures for the travel and exhibition industries, such as extend the “Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme” to cover rental and exhibition costs at venues other than the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Asiaworld Expo; extend the “SME Export Marketing Fund” to cover local activities in order to help SMEs survive under the pandemic; and provide cash assistance to subsidise companies and operators within the convention and exhibition industry.
Media Inquiries: Legislative Councilor Vincent Cheng (6373 1979)