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Setting Up a Travel Agency

Setting Up a Travel Agency

Launching a travel agency in Hong Kong is an exciting venture! Here's a roadmap to get you started:

1. Company Registration:

  • Establish a Hong Kong company and obtain a Certificate of Incorporation from the Companies Registry.

2. Secure a Location:

  • Find a suitable office space dedicated solely to your travel agency operations.

3. Appoint Key Personnel:

  • Designate a Key Executive with relevant travel industry experience (and proper visa status if needed). This person will be a member of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TIC) and spearhead the travel agent license application.

4. Obtain Required Memberships:

  • Become a member of the TIC, a mandatory requirement for the license. Consider joining travel associations for industry connections and support.

5. Apply for a Travel Agent's License:

  • This license is essential to operate your travel agency. The Travel Industry Authority (TIA) handles the application process.

License Application Process

The process for obtaining a travel agent's license in Hong Kong involves the Travel Industry Authority (TIA). Here's a breakdown of the general steps:

1. Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Review the TIA's Travel Agent Licences webpage for eligibility criteria and license types (Inbound, Outbound, or both).

  • Ensure your Key Executive meets the TIA's requirements regarding experience and qualifications.

2. Application Forms and Fees:

  • Acquire the application forms from the TIA website or their office.

  • Prepare the necessary documents as listed on the application forms. These may include:

  • Company registration documents

  • Key Executive's qualifications and proof of residency

  • Business plan for your travel agency

  • Financial statements

  • Professional indemnity insurance details

  • Settle the application processing fees.

3. Application Submission and Processing:

  • Submit the completed application package to the TIA.

  • The TIA will review your application and may request additional information or clarifications.

  • Allow sufficient processing time as outlined by the TIA.

4. License Issuance and Renewal:

  • Upon successful application, the TIA will issue your travel agent's license.

  • Remember to renew your license periodically as mandated by the TIA.

Application Processing Fees

The application processing fee for a travel agent's license in Hong Kong is a non-refundable charge of HK$630. This fee covers the administrative costs associated with processing your application.

Here's some additional information to consider:

  • There are no separate fees for different license types (Inbound, Outbound, or both). The HK$630 fee applies to all applications.

  • Once your application is approved, you'll need to pay a separate monthly license fee to maintain your travel agent's license. The amount depends on the validity period of your license, but it's typically around HK$485 per month.

By following these steps and acquiring the necessary information, you should be well on your way to securing your travel agent's license in Hong Kong.

Here are some helpful resources for further details:

How Bestar can Help

how Bestar can assist with setting up your travel agency in Hong Kong, based on what most accounting firms offer, here are some areas where they might be helpful:

General Business Setup:

  • Company registration process and documentation

  • Business bank account setup

Licensing Expertise: 

  • The travel agent license application process involves specific regulations and requirements set by the Travel Industry Authority (TIA). Bestar has the in-depth knowledge of these regulations.

Travel Agency Specifics:

  • Understanding the financial requirements for the travel agent license application (e.g., financial statements)

  • Guidance on setting up a basic accounting system for your travel agency

Ongoing Support:

  • Bookkeeping and record-keeping

  • Tax preparation and filing (including specific regulations for the travel industry)

  • Financial analysis and reporting

Contact Bestar to inquire about our specific services related to travel agency setup. Bestar can help with the financial aspects, and can also provide guidance on navigating the licensing process, understanding industry regulations, and ensuring your business adheres to legal requirements.

You can ensure a smoother and more comprehensive process for setting up your travel agency in Hong Kong.

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