There are two categories of eligible training activities: (i) courses and examinations; and (ii) seminars, workshops, talks, etc, both of which must not entirely held outside Hong Kong or online.
All member travel agents of the TIC which hold a valid travel agent's licence are eligible to apply for subsidy, and may nominate their own staff members (including their employees and self-employed persons) to take part in eligible training activities in order to receive subsidy.
All Tour Escort Pass Holders (accredited tour escorts) / Tourist Guide Pass Holders (accredited tourist guides) may also take part in eligible training activities in order to receive subsidy.
The Working Group on Development Fund for the Travel Industry has approved the following lists of training activities. Since the lists will be reviewed by the Working Group on a regular basis, the eligibility of any training activities is subject to the latest lists.
Staff members of travel agents/ accredited tour escorts / accredited tourist guides may also take part in training activities not included in the above lists, in which case the Vetting Committee will vet their eligibility for the subsidy on a case-by-case basis. No language courses, and diploma and bachelor's or higher degree courses will be subsidised.
Each travel agent / accredited tour escort / accredited tourist guide will be subsidised with a maximum of 70% of the fee of a training activity if its application is successful provided that the fee of the training activity per person is not less than HK$500. The subsidy ceiling for each travel agent is HK$30,000 per year. The subsidy ceiling for each accredited tour escort / accredited tourist guide is HK$5,000. The year of subsidy is to commence from 1 January of each year until 31 December of the same year.
Applications for subsidy for training activities may be made throughout the year. The applicant travel agent / accredited tour escort / accredited tourist guide must submit the application form before signing up for the training activity concerned. The grantee travel agent / accredited tour escort / accredited tourist guide will only be disbursed the subsidy when they have completed the training activity and the specified requirements are fulfilled.
Individual grantee travel agents / accredited tour escorts / accredited tourist guides must hold a valid travel agent's licence licence / Tour Escort Pass / Tourist Guide Pass at the time of disbursement of the corresponding subsidies by the secretariat on behalf of the Airport Authority.
The applicant travel agent / accredited tour escort / accredited tourist guide may download the following documents for the application details:
For enquiries, please contact the secretariat (tel: 2969-8157; fax: 2510-9779; email: Dfund@tichk.org).