As the Travel Industry Authority will be fully operated on 1 September 2022, new regulatory system and definitions were about to take place, SIPA has jointly arranged with FHCTA, OTOA and TTOA a luncheon held at ClubONE The Victoria, Tsimshatsui East with the guest speaker, Mr. Kevin Cheung, Director of Regulatory Affairs of TIA joining us to explain further the definition of “Authorized Representative” and other regulatory related matters. We believed the luncheon enabled members to better understanding the new system and could better prepare in advance for the new era.
Benefiting by the opening of the Frontier Closed Area, SIPA was honored to arrange the first Fam Tour among all 8 associations for SIPA members a few hours after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced its opening in the ceremony. The opening of Sha Tau Kok Pier kicked off the reopening of the Frontier Closed Area since the 1950’s with Mrs. Lam saying it marked the first step of the Northern Metropolis Development. Only the pier was opened to public in the first stage and this pilot project would last for six months noticed by the Security Bureau. We look forward to more opportunities for local tours when pending for the border re-opened with mild quarantine or isolation regulation in place.
SIPA has jointly arranged a luncheon with HACTO and OTOA at One Cuisine, Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East for ideas/opinions exchange among tourism industry and for friendly association. We were honored to have Hon Yiu Si-Wing, BBS to join us and around 120 industrial practitioners had participated in the luncheon. Attendees were gathered and join the AGM of TICHK after the luncheon.
SIPA’s 31st Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) was successfully held at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui. We would like to thank you for members support by attending the AGM during the tight Social Distancing regulations period. To comply with the anti-pandemic restrictions, unlike before, the luncheon was arranged in separated rooms with a maximum of 20 participants in each room. We hope the pandemic will be soon over and would have our next AGM and luncheon together again. See you next year.
SIPA and TIC have held the Seminar of New Distribution Capability jointly. The six speakers who are from IATA, Amadeus, Worldspan, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific have given the informative updates of NDC to the audience. Meanwhile, Mr. Tasman Tam who is a barrister told the audience about the legal issues of NDC.
The Seminar brought together practitioners interested in e-commerce and online marketing, in which explored the long-term evolution and development of travel trend, provided practical methods to launch an e-commerce platform startup step-by-step, and shared experience to cooperate the e-commerce with effective marketing strategy.
Leading by Tsz Shan Monastery volunteer, 40 members understand about the architectural idea and solemn concept of Chinese Buddhist monasteries. Moreover, all of members enjoyed a seafood lunch at the Star Palace and visited the Bruce Lee thematic gallery at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, they had a happy holiday.
SIPA has organised a Beijing 4 days familiarization tour with thirty members, By supporting from Beijing tourism, the members visited various historic heritage and enjoy the Kung Fu Show in Red Theater. Moreover, our ex-committee have visited IATA Beijing office and expressed the concern from our members. The members have received a fruitful trip in Beijing.