MIAMI – Murphy law states that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” This also applies to travel bubbles. Singapore (SIN) and Hong Kong (HKG) are now facing issues on the travel bubble between the two cities that was planned to start on May 26.
As reported by the South China Morning Post, the unexpected rise of cases of Covid-19 registered in SIN during the first half of May – already 136 cases against 55 for the whole of April – have prompted the HKG’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau Tang-wah, to say that there was a “high chance” that the long-awaited travel bubble, expected to open on May 26, might be delayed once more."The Singaporean minister told me that there might be a high chance the bubble arrangement may not be able to resume under the agreed mechanism on May 26"…..HKG's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau Tang-wah, Click To Tweet
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Edward Yau Tang-wah said, “The Singaporean minister told me that there might be a high chance the bubble arrangement may not be able to resume under the agreed mechanism on May 26.” A final decision is to be taken next week, after meeting with SIN Minister for Transport, S. Iswaran, and review the overall situation.
HKG is now considered a safe destination as the city has recorded only one imported case and no local cases within the last seven straight days. HKG is counting on the travel bubble to restart its tourism industry but, in the words of Andrew Au Sik-hung, HKG Government Economist, “recovery would be very slow.”
Cathay Pacific (CX) and Singapore Airlines (SQ), which are directly impacted by the activation of the travel bubble, are watching the situation’s development. However, SIN and HKG were not hot selling destinations so the eventual impact on tourism would be limited.
Featured image: Cathay Pacific Airbus 350-1000 B-LXA. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways