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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Local tour incentive scheme launched

The Government announced today that the Characteristic Local Tourism Incentive Scheme will accept applications from eligible travel agents from January 1, 2024, enabling them to receive cash incentives for promoting in-depth travel and thematic tours.

 

The scheme is divided into two parts: in-depth travel and thematic travel.

 

The application period of in-depth travel will be from January 1, 2024 until July 31, 2024. Each eligible travel agent may apply for $200 cash incentives for each participant of in-depth travel it serves.

 

The quota for applying for the cash incentives is 100 participants each from local and inbound tours.

 

The itinerary must cover at least two designated sites of in-depth travel and one interactive tourist experience activity with Hong Kong's unique and authentic experience recognised under the scheme.

 

As regards thematic travel, each eligible travel agent may apply for $400 cash incentives for each participant of thematic travel it serves, and the quota for applying for the cash incentives is 100 participants each from local and inbound tours.

 

Travel agents must focus on six distinctive themes, including national history, green ecology, marine, traditional culture, pop culture, and creative travel in designing the itinerary and provide visitors with a captivating and in-depth Hong Kong travel experience.

 

Application details will be announced in mid-January, along with the promulgation of the six winning thematic itineraries under the Deeper into Hong Kong: Creative Itinerary Design Competition.

 

To assist travel agents in organising more thematic tours, the Travel Industry Council - as the implementation agent of the scheme - will liaise with different organisations to organise in-depth local tour docent training courses for licensed tourist guides and tour escorts, so as to further enhance the service quality of the tourism industry practitioners.

 

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