On 23 December 2019, the Government announced jointly with the TIC the launch of the Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme, which provides travel agents with cash incentives based on the number of green lifestyle local tour participants they serve.
Introduction to the Scheme
The Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme is initiated by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, the Environment Bureau and the Environmental Protection Department, with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TIC) to assist in implementation. It aims to encourage the public to enjoy nature, promote nature conservation and biodiversity, and raise public awareness of the HKSAR Government’s efforts in promoting green lifestyle and tourism, waste and carbon reduction, environmental protection and nature conservation, etc.; promote local economic activities; and support the tourism and related industries.
Each travel agent is eligible to a cash incentive of HK$200 for each Hong Kong resident for whom it arranges an eligible green lifestyle local tour within the period from 20 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, with the number of green lifestyle local tour participants generally capped at 1,000*.
*Note: Before the relevant enhancement measures took effect on 19 June 2020, each travel agent was eligible to a cash incentive of HK$100 for each Hong Kong resident for whom it arranged an eligible green lifestyle local tour, with the number of green lifestyle local tour participants capped at 500. If a travel agent submitted any application(s) before the effective date of the enhancement measures (for which the cash incentive was HK$100 per tour participant), it can still submit applications on or after the effective date of the enhancement measures (for which the cash incentive is HK$200 per tour participant), subject to a ceiling of cash incentives at HK$200,000 obtainable (same as that for travel agents with applications only submitted on or after the effective date of the enhancement measures).
When organising green lifestyle local tours, members must ensure that they do not commit an offence in respect of a prohibited group gathering, which means no group gathering of more than 4 people is allowed to take place in any public place. “Group gathering” means a group of people who gather for a common purpose, with consideration given to whether the gathering is organised beforehand, whether there is any interaction between the participants, and whether the gathering only lasts for a very short period of time. Since a local tour matches the above definition, it must comply with the requirement of having not more than 4 people. Besides, since the purpose of a group gathering in respect of a local tour is sightseeing, rather than transportation, it is not an exempted group gathering.
Members may download the following documents for the details of the Scheme:
The application period of the Scheme is from 20 January 2020 to 15 January 2021.
Reference and training-related information
Members can refer to the following documents/webpages for reference and training-related information about green spots when planning green lifestyle local tours:
List of travel agents organising green lifestyle local tours
The TIC has compiled a “List of travel agents organising green lifestyle local tours” showing those travel agents intending to organise green lifestyle local tours, which will be posted on the homepage of the TIC website. Organisations intending to appoint members to organise such local tours can directly contact those agents on the list. Members can complete and return the following form to the TIC to enrol in the list:
For enquiries, please contact the TIC: