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  Q1: Who needs to hold a Travel Agents Licence?
  Q2: What is a 'travel agent'?
  Q3: Who may apply for a licence? Any pre-conditions?
  Q4: What does 'fit and proper' mean?
  Q5: How to apply for a licence?
 
 
  Q1: Who needs to hold a Travel Agents Licence?
 
    Any person who carries on the business of a travel agent in Hong Kong needs to have a Travel Agents Licence to do so.

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  Q2: What is a 'travel agent'?
 
   

According to the Travel Agents Ordinance (TAO) (Cap. 218), a travel agent can be categorized as an outbound travel agent or an inbound travel agent:

Outbound Travel Agent:

A person is an outbound travel agent if he carries on the business in Hong Kong of obtaining for another person -

  1. carriage, by any means of conveyance, on a journey which is to commence in Hong Kong and which thereafter is to take place mainly outside Hong Kong; or

  2. accommodation at a place outside Hong Kong for which payment is, or is to be, made to that person by or on behalf of that other person of an amount on account of the cost of that accommodation.

Inbound Travel Agent:

A person is an inbound travel agent if he carries on the business in Hong Kong of obtaining for a visitor -

  1. carriage, by any means of conveyance, on a journey which is to commence outside Hong Kong and which either -
    1. terminates in Hong Kong; or
    2. involves the visitor passing through immigration controls before departing from Hong Kong; or

  2. accommodation in Hong Kong for which payment is, or is to be, made to that person by or on behalf of the visitor of an amount on account of the cost of that accommodation; or

  3. one or more of the following prescribed services -
    1. sightseeing or visits to local places of interest;
    2. restaurant meals or other catered meals;
    3. shopping trips;
    4. local transport in connection with an activity referred to in item (c)(i), (c)(ii) or (c)(iii) above.

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  Q3: Who may apply for a licence? Any pre-conditions?
 
   

Any person in Hong Kong may apply for a Travel Agents Licence. The grant of a licence is subject to only a few pre-conditions:

  1. the applicant, and any person in control of the company or responsible for its management (such as a partner, a director, a secretary or an officer), must be, in the opinion of the Registrar, a fit and proper person to carry on or be associated with the business of a travel agent;

  2. the premises where the applicant proposes to carry on its business as a travel agent must be suitable for the purpose;

  3. the applicant must be a member of an 'approved organization', which, as specified in Schedule 1 of the TAO, is the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TIC).

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  Q4: What does 'fit and proper' mean?
 
    Mainly the Registrar will have regard to whether the person-
  1. has been convicted, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, of an offence involving fraudulent, corrupt or dishonest acts;

  2. has been convicted of an offence against any provision of the TAO;

  3. is in financial difficulty; or

  4. is otherwise not a fit and proper person.

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  Q5: How to apply for a licence?
 
   

Application forms are available at :

Travel Agents Registry,
Room 4901, 49/F.,
Hopewell Centre,
183 Queen's Road East,
Wanchai, Hong Kong.

You may download the forms from the Government Information Centre at the following address: http://www.info.gov.hk/forms. Completed application forms should be returned preferably in person to the Travel Agents Registry.