Free tickets to Hong Kong: How to apply to win free flight in 500,000 tickets giveaway

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Hong Kong is offering 500,000 free flight tickets to visitors to the region. The distribution of free tickets will start from Wednesday, as Hong Kong aims to resurrect its once-vibrant tourism that took a tough beating during the pandemic period. Tickets for the campaign, called ‘World of Winners’ will be distributed by a few airlines namely, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Greater Bay Airlines and HK Express.

Apart from the 500,000 free tickets for overseas travellers, around 80,000 tickets will be distributed to Hong Kong residents. Some of the tickets will be given away in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay area. Out of the distribution, 65 per cent will be given out by airlines through direct channels or agents, and the remaining will be reserved for tourism-related sectors.

Hong Kong International Airport

Award winning Hong Kong International Airport Announces 500,000 Free Air Tickets for International Travellers to boost tourism in their country. Hong Kong Is Giving Away 500,000 Free Round-Trip Plane Tickets. The announcement comes as part of the country’s plan to regain tourism over the next year and beyond. Has Hong Kong always been on your bucket list? Now might be the perfect time to make finally make plans to visit.

World Of Winners Programme

HKIA “World of Winners” is a campaign that gives away free 500,000 air tickets to travellers in main markets to stimulate air traffic particularly inbound travel to Hong Kong and promote the recovery of the aviation industry, tourism and economy of Hong Kong.

Free Ticket

Ticket Giveaway Campaign​​ through their direct channels or their agents.

Hong Kong’s Free Airline Tickets: The Hong Kong airport administration pre-purchased five lakh tickets two years ago, and they have recently confirmed their intention to give those out for free. As the Asian island begins to open its doors to tourism once more, the goal is to compensate customers who use Hong Kong Airlines’ services. The free tickets have a total estimated value of $2,100 crore (two billion Hong Kong dollars).

Hong Kong During Pandemic

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong received roughly five crore visitors annually. However, over the last two years, Hong Kong has imposed some of the strictest regulations, hurting its airline industry. Even though the Hong Kong government stopped requiring a hotel quarantine period for visitors in September, there are still rules in place for foreign visitors.

Giving away free tickets will speed the process of regaining Hong Kong’s status as a top tourism destination, claims Prudence Lai. Hong Kong’s pre-Covid position indicated the market potential of a full comeback, according to a senior analyst at the market research firm Euromonitor International, who spoke to the BBC.

This greatly depends on when mainland Chinese visitors return, she continued, as mainland China makes up more than half of Hong Kong’s incoming arrivals and travel receipts.

Free Tickets To Boost Tourism

As of March 1, 2023, 500,000 free airline tickets will be handed out to visitors by Hong Kong’s three home-based airlines: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines as well as Hong Kong Express.

These tickets will be given away to visitors in major passenger markets and they will be distributed in phases through their respective channels in major passenger markets.

MarketsTimeline (2023)
Southeast Asia (for inbound)
March 1 onwards
Mainland China 
(for inbound)
April onwards
Northeast Asia (for inbound)May onwards
Hong Kong (for outbound)June onwards
Other markets (for inbound)May onwards

How to apply for Hong Kong Free Ticket?

Hong Kong Tourism will launch the advertising campaigns for the free tickets as soon as the government declares it will stop all Covid-19 restrictions for incoming travellers, Dane Cheng, executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, told the BBC. The agreement with the airline firms will be finalised by the airport authority, he added.

You can register for this giveaway on each respective airline’s website below. Keep in mind to keep an eye of the webpage until the registration opens.

Hong Kong’s three carriers, Cathay Pacific, HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines, will distribute 65 per cent of free air tickets.

  • Cathay Pacific – here
  • Hong Kong Airlines – here
  • Hong Kong Express – here

1. People can sign up for the Cathay membership programme to receive a reminder to join the “World of Winners” ticket giveaway campaign.

Apart from 500,000 giveaway tickets to visitors, around 80,000 tickets will be given away to Hong Kong residents and a further 80,000 to residents in Greater Bay Area.

Giveaway Terms & Notes

There are a couple of points you need to keep note of. Firstly, the tickets sponsored by Airport Authority are given in Economy Class.

Moreover, all related surcharges, fees, and taxes would be borne by the winners of the tickets. This means even if you have received a free ticket, you would still need to pay taxes and fees.

The free round-trip tickets will include checked baggage.

List of Major Events in Hong Kong 2023

List of Major Events in Hong Kong 2023
Date Title of EventNature of EventOrganiser Month
19 Jan–5 FebFortune Around Hong Kong– Territory–wide events/ Carnival– Hong Kong Tourism BoardFeb-23
2–5 FebHKTDC Education & Careers Expo–  Exhibition– Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)Feb-23
12-FebThe 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Association of Athletics AffiliatesFeb-23
14–19 Feb2023 Hong Kong Race Week– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Sailing FederationFeb-23
15–16 Feb6th Three–Country–Five–Party Talks – Seminar/Talk– Customs and Excise DepartmentFeb-23
25-Feb2023 Asian Triathlon Cup– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Triathlon Association LimitedFeb-23
1–5 MarHKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show–  Exhibition– HKTDCMar-23
1–5 MarHKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show–  Exhibition– HKTDCMar-23
03-MarCountryside Conservation  Conference–  Conference– Countryside Conservation Office under Nature Conservation DivisionMar-23
3–5 MarClockenflap–  Outdoor music and arts activity– Magnetic AsiaMar-23
3 Mar–28 JunJoan Miró: The Poetry of Everyday Life– Exhibition–  Hong Kong Museum of ArtMar-23
13–16 MarHong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART)– Exhibition– HKTDCMar-23
13–16 MarEntertainmentPulse– Conference– HKTDCMar-23
13 Mar–16 AprEntertainment Expo Hong Kong 2023– Territory–wide events/ Carnival– HKTDCMar-23
15-MarMarketingPulse & eTailingPulse– Conference– HKTDCMar-23
15–17 MarThe 60th Meeting of APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEEC 60) – Conference– Electrical and Mechanical Services DepartmentMar-23
18–19 MarHong Kong Disneyland 10K Weekend 2023– Race/Competition–  Hongkong International Theme Parks LimitedMar-23
19–26 Mar20th Annual Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot– Race/Competition–  Department of Justice (DoJ)Mar-23
21–25 MarArt Basel Hong Kong– Exhibition– MCH Group Asia LimitedMar-23
21–25 MarArt Central– Exhibition–  Art CentralMar-23
23–26 Mar (tbc)World City Championship– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Golf AssociationMar-23
24–25 MarMuseum Summit 2023– Conference–  Leisure and Cultural Services DepartmentMar-23
24 Mar–2 AprWestK Music Festival 2023– Stage performance– West Kowloon Cultural District AuthorityMar-23
27–31 MarThe 53rd Session of the Codex Committee on  Food Additives– Conference–  China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment and Centre for Food SafetyMar-23
28–30 MarAsia Sports Technology Conference– Conference– Varcis GroupMar-23
29–30 MarWOW Summit Hong Kong 2023– Conference– WOW Summit Pte. Ltd.Mar-23
30 Mar–10 AprThe 47th Hong Kong International Film Festival– Territory–wide events/ Carnival– The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society LimitedMar-23
Date Title of EventNature of EventOrganiser Mar-23
31 Mar–2 AprCathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Rugby UnionMar-23
Mar onwardsArts in Hong Kong– Others– Hong Kong Tourism BoardMar-23
Mar (tbc)Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS)–  Conference–  HKMAMar-23
3–16 Apr (tbc)The SDG FairBreak Invitational T20 2023– Race/Competition– Cricket Hong KongApr-23
7–10 AprHong Kong Lacrosse Open 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Lacrosse AssociationApr-23
12–15 AprHKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition)–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
12–15 AprHKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
12–15 AprInnoEX–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
12–15 AprSmart Hong Kong Pavilion– Exhibition– Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO)Apr-23
13–14 AprDigital Economy Summit (DES) 2023–  Conference– OGCIO – CyberportApr-23
18 Apr–9 Jul“Virtually Versailles” Exhibition– Exhibition–  Hong Kong Heritage MuseumApr-23
19–21 AprAsian Licensing Conference– Conference– HKTDCApr-23
19–21 AprHKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
19–22 AprHome InStyle–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
19–22 AprHKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
19–22 AprFashion InStyle–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
19–22 AprHKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair–  Exhibition– HKTDCApr-23
19–22 AprHong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair–  Exhibition–  HKTDCApr-23
22 Apr–3 DecHong Kong Pop Culture Festival– Others– Leisure and Cultural Services DepartmentApr-23
Apr–JunFrench May Arts Festival– Others– Association Culturelle FranceApr-23
Apr–Aug66th Festival of Sport– Territory–wide events/ Carnival– Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, ChinaApr-23
3–5 MayThe 55th APEC SME Working Group Meeting and Related Activities– Conference– Trade and Industry DepartmentMay-23
10–12 MayProWine Hong Kong–  Exhibition–  Messe Düsseldorf ChinaMay-23
16–17 MayHospital Authority Convention 2023– Seminar/Talk– Hospital AuthorityMay-23
16–18 MayHKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair–                       Seminar/Talk– HKTDCMay-23
16–31 MayInternational Healthcare Week–  Conference– HKTDCMay-23
17–18 MayAsia Summit on Global Health– Conference– HKSARGMay-23
Date Title of EventNature of EventOrganiser May-23
13–18 JunFIVB Volleyball Nations League Hong Kong 2023– Race/Competition– Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, ChinaJun-23
24–25 Jun (tbc)2023 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races– Race/Competition– Hong Kong China Dragon Boat AssociationJun-23
29-JunCeremony for Energy Saving and Decarbonisation for All Campaign 2023– Others–  Environment and Ecology BureauJun-23
Jun–Sep8th Belt and Road Summit–  Conference–  HKSARGJun-23
Jun–Nov Hong Kong Great Outdoors 2023 – 2024  (Summer Phase)– Others– Hong Kong Tourism BoardJun-23
4–5 JulAsia Pacific (APAC) Internet Forum (tbc)–  Conference– Hong Kong Internet Registration  Corporation LimitedJul-23
15–16 JulAsian Cup Cadets and Junior Hong Kong 2023– Race/Competition– The Judo Association of Hong Kong, ChinaJul-23
19 Jul (tbc)4th Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Awards– Others– Hong Kong Publishing Professionals SocietyJul-23
19–25 JulHKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair–  Exhibition– HKTDCJul-23
19–25 JulHKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo–  Exhibition– HKTDCJul-23
19–25 JulHKTDC World of Snacks–  Exhibition– HKTDCJul-23
Jul/Aug Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF) 2023–  Conference– CyberportJul-23
Jul–Sep/International Construction Leaders Summit– Seminar/Talk– Development BureauJul-23
2nd half of 2023Grand opening of Frozen–themed land –  World of Frozen– Others– Hongkong International Theme Parks LimitedJul-23
17–19 AugHKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair–                       Exhibition – Trade Fair– HKTDCAug-23
17–19 AugHKTDC Food Expo (Trade)–  Exhibition– HKTDCAug-23
17–21 AugHKTDC Food Expo (Public)–  Exhibition– HKTDCAug-23
17–21 AugHKTDC Home Delights Expo–  Exhibition– HKTDCAug-23
17–21 AugHKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo–  Exhibition– HKTDCAug-23
17–27 AugThe 11th Asian Junior Wushu Championships in 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Wushu Union LimitedAug-23
AugThe 11th World Shuttlecock Championships– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association LimitedAug-23
Aug (tbc)“Maker in China” SME Innovation and– Competition– CyberportAug-23
5–9 SepHKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair–                       Exhibition – Trade Fair– HKTDCSep-23
7–9 SepCENTRESTAGE–                       Exhibition – Trade Fair– HKTDCSep-23
8–10 SepAsian Cup (Speed & Boulder) 2023– Race/Competition– China Hong Kong Mountaineering & Climbing Union LimitedSep-23
12–17 SepYONEX–SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Badminton AssociationSep-23
Sep6th HCCH Asia Pacific Week in celebration of HCCH– Conference– DoJSep-23
Date Title of EventNature of EventOrganiser Sep-23
13–14 Sep (tbc)8th Belt and Road Summit–  Conference–  HKSARG Sep-23
13–15 SepInternational Symposium on Cyber Policing– Seminar/Talk– Hong Kong Police ForceSep-23
15 Sep (tbc)Belt and Road Global Forum Annual Roundtable– Others– HKTDCSep-23
17–21 Sep71st International Meeting of Technical Authorities for Cableways (ITTAB)– Conference– Electrical and Mechanical Services DepartmentSep-23
23 Sep–6 OctChinese Opera Festival (Bamboo Theatre)– Stage performance– Leisure and Cultural Services DepartmentSep-23
Sep 2023– Jan 2024Gazing at Sanxingdui (Exact name tbc)– Exhibition–  Hong Kong Palace MuseumSep-23
05-OctAwards Presentation Ceremony of Hong Kong  ICT Awards 2023– Others (Awards– OGCIOOct-23
13–16 OctHKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn)–  Exhibition– HKTDCOct-23
13–16 OctelectronicAsia–  Exhibition–  HKTDCOct-23
16–20 Oct (tbc)Hong Kong Arbitration Week– Seminar/Talk– HKIACOct-23
16–22 Oct (tbc)Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Tennis AssociationOct-23
26–29 OctEco Expo Asia – International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection–                       Exhibition – Trade Fair–  HKTDCOct-23
26–29 OctHong Kong Wine and Dine Festival– Outdoor activity– Hong Kong Tourism BoardOct-23
26–29 OctHKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and  Tech Light Expo–  Exhibition– HKTDCOct-23
27–30 OctHKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition)–  Exhibition– HKTDCOct-23
28–29 Oct 2023 Asia Triathlon Cup and Asia Triathlon Youth– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Triathlon Association LimitedOct-23
Oct (tbc)2023/24 Investment Law & Investor –– Seminar/Talk–  DoJOct-23
Oct (tbc)Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes– Race/Competition– Cricket Hong Kong LimitedOct-23
OctHong Kong Cyclothon– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Tourism BoardOct-23
Oct–DecFirst Edition of The Hague Academy of – Seminar/Talk–  DoJOct-23
Oct–DecMPF Symposium 2023– Seminar/Talk– Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme Authority (MPFA)Oct-23
Oct 2023– Feb 2024Titian and Venetian Painters of the 16th century – Masterpieces from the Uffizi Galleries– Exhibition–  Hong Kong Museum of ArtOct-23
6–10 NovHong Kong Legal Week–  Conference– DoJNov-23
8–10 NovHKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair–  Exhibition– HKTDCNov-23
9–11 NovHKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair–                       Exhibition – Trade Fair– HKTDCNov-23
12 Nov (tbc)New World Harbour Race 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong China Swimming AssociationNov-23
13–18 NovHong Kong Laureate Forum– Forum– The Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum Limited (the HKLF)Nov-23
19 Nov (tbc)Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Association of Athletics AffiliatesNov-23
19–25 NovHong Kong Maritime Week 2023– Seminar/ Talk– Hong Kong Maritime and Port BoardNov-23
21–22 NovAsian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation  Conference 2023–  Conference–  HKSARGNov-23
25 Nov 2023–Hong Kong Winter Fest 2023– Others– Hong Kong Tourism BoardNov-23
25–26 Nov (tbc)2023 FIA World Rallycross Championship– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Automobile AssociationNov-23
NovCyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF) 2023–  Conference– CyberportNov-23
Nov (tbc)Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit– Conference– HKMANov-23
27 Nov–3 DecEverbright Securities International Hong Kong Squash Open 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong SquashNov-23
Nov (tbc)Hong Kong Fintech Week 2023–  Conference– InvestHKNov-23
Nov (tbc)Hong Kong Open 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Golf AssociationNov-23
Nov (tbc)SFC Regulatory Forum 2023– Seminar/Talk– Securities and Futures CommissionNov-23
Nov (tbc)FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hong Kong Masters 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Basketball AssociationNov-23
NovThe 5th UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit 2023 (as part of Hong Kong Legal Week 2023)– Conference–  DoJNov-23
27 Nov–2 DecBusiness of Design Week–  Exhibition– Hong Kong Design CentreNov-23
5–6 Dec (tbc)Hong Kong Forum– Conference–  HKTDCDec-23
7–8 Dec (tbc)HKTDC Entrepreneur Day–  Conference– HKTDCDec-23
7–8 DecBusiness of Intellectual Property Asia Forum–  Conference–  HKSARGDec-23
15–29 Dec (tbc)Hong Kong Open (DanceSport) 2023– Race/Competition– Hong Kong DanceSport AssociationDec-23
31 Dec 2023–2023–24 Hong Kong New Year Countdown– Outdoor activity– Hong Kong Tourism BoardDec-23
DecThe 1st Asian Shuttlecock Championships and Asian Youth Shuttlecock Championships– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association LimitedDec-23
Dec (tbc)Asian Insurance Forum 2023– Seminar/Talk– Insurance AuthorityDec-23
Dec (tbc)DesignInspire– Others– HKTDCDec-23
Dec (tbc)The 22nd Asia Pacific Information and– Race/Competition– Hong Kong Computer SocietyDec-23

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