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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

Travel industry schemes extended

The Government today announced that the application deadlines of the Travel Agents Incentive Scheme and the Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme will be extended for one year to March 31, 2022.   The funding commitment for the Travel Agents Incentive Scheme will be increased by $50 million to about $150 million to further enhance the support for the travel industry.   The Government said with the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 epidemic for more than a year, cross-boundary and local tourism activities have nearly come to a complete halt.   The two incentive schemes were unable to fully perform their role on providing support to the trade.   Extending the two schemes' application deadlines and increasing the funding commitment for the Travel Agents Incentive Scheme will enable the trade to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the gradual resumption of tourism activities in future, providing stimulus for the revival of the travel industry, it added.   The Travel Agents Incentive Scheme provides travel agents with cash incentives of $100 or $120 for each outbound or inbound overnight traveller they serve, with the number of eligible travellers for each travel agent capped at 1,000.   The Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme provides travel agents with cash incentives based on the number of green lifestyle local tour participants they serve, with $200 for each participant and the number of participants that each travel agent can claim capped at 1,000.
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