HKBIA seeks government support for charter and media sectors

The Hong Kong Boating Industry Association has formally written to the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan, to request financial support for the charter and media sectors of the marine recreation industry. In the letter, HKBIA chair, Lawrence Chow, puts forward the following:

‘The HKBIA is a trade association representing all sectors of the leisure boating industry from boat builders, brokers, yacht managers, charterers and distributors, to chandlers, clubs, marinas, training organizations, sail-makers, technical and professional services and boating specialized media.

Many sectors of our industry have been affected by the Covid-19 restrictions and subsequent economic downturn. Retail, distributors and sail training organizations have all suffered a negative impact. Boat charterers and the specialized boating media have incurred even greater losses due to the government’s requirements for gatherings and the lack of activities for coverage.

Whilst we are grateful for the general relief measures that have been granted so far, in particular the Employment Support Scheme (ESS), there is still a need for more targeted support for sectors where businesses have been forced to stop operating due to the restrictions. The charter and media sectors were unable to operate effectively for approximately half of 2020 and this is currently ongoing. As you can imagine this has had a devastating impact on their businesses.’

The HKBIA has submitted reports on the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and has highlighted relief measures that might help the companies in these sectors.

To find out more about the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association and what it can do for your marine business, contact Lawrence Chow (9707 2391 / or find out about membership at

                                                                                                                        Photo Guy Nowell
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