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Starting a Travel Agency in Hong Kong

Starting a Travel Agency in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a great place to start a travel agency, with its bustling tourism industry and strategic location. Here's a breakdown of the key steps involved:

1. Company Registration and Licensing:

  • Register your business: Decide on a company structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company) and register it with the Hong Kong Companies Registry.

  • Obtain a Travel Agent's License: This is mandatory for any outbound or inbound travel services. The Travel Industry Council (TIC) plays a role in this process.

2. Key Personnel and Memberships:

  • Appoint a Key Executive: This person should have relevant experience and be authorized to represent the company for the license application. They must be a Hong Kong resident or hold a valid employment visa.

  • Travel Industry Council Membership: The authorized representative must be a member of the TIC.

  • Travel Association Membership: Join a recognized travel association in Hong Kong.

3. Business Setup:

  • Secure a Location: Find a suitable office space that meets regulations and can be dedicated solely to your travel agency operations.

  • Business Permit: If you have a physical office, apply for a business permit from the relevant authorities.

Travel Agent's License Requirements and Procedures

Here's a breakdown of the specific requirements and procedures for a Travel Agent's License in Hong Kong:

  • Application Form: Fill out the Travel Agent's License Application Form.

  • Statement of Particulars: This details your company's information.

  • Board Resolution: A document confirming the authorized person designated to apply for the license.

  • Key Executive Information: Provide certified copies of ID cards or travel documents for key executives, along with resumes highlighting their travel industry experience.

  • Company Documents: Certified copies of your Business Registration Certificate, Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Association, and document confirming director/secretary appointments.

  • Membership Certificates: Certified copies of your Travel Industry Council (TIC) Membership Certificate and a Travel Association Membership Certificate.

  • Office Space: Proof of a dedicated office space through a tenancy agreement or ownership record.

  • Business Budget: An estimated business budget for a period (6 months to 1 year) showing income and expenditure projections.

  • Financial Standing: Proof of meeting the minimum capital requirement and bank statements for the past 3 months.

  • Authorized Representative Qualifications: Documents proving the qualifications of the person nominated as the Authorized Representative (e.g., educational qualifications).

  • Bank Guarantee: A bank guarantee letter for HK$500,000.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ensure your appointed key executive meets residency or valid employment visa requirements.


  1. Register your business.

  2. Secure a suitable office space.

  3. Obtain TIC and Travel Association memberships.

  4. Prepare all required documents and application forms.

  5. Submit your application to the Travel Industry Authority.

  6. Await approval and licensing.

How Bestar can Help

Bestar is a business registration and consulting service provider in Hong Kong that can assist with starting your travel agency. Here's how we are able to help:

Company Registration:

  • Bestar can advise on the most suitable business structure for your travel agency (sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company) and handle the registration process with the Hong Kong Companies Registry.

Travel Agent's License:

  • We can guide you through the application process for a Travel Agent's License, ensuring all the required documents are obtained and compiled correctly (e.g., Statement of Particulars, Board Resolution, company documents, membership certificates).

Meeting Legal Requirements:

  • Bestar can help you navigate the legalities of securing a business permit for your office space and ensure you meet residency or employment visa requirements for your key personnel.

Business Setup:

  • We might offer assistance in finding a suitable office space that meets regulations.

Additional Services:

  • Bestar provides additional services such as:

  • Assistance with business plan creation and financial projections.

  • Liaison with relevant government departments.

  • Advice on ongoing regulatory compliance.

Finding Out More:

  • To determine the specific services offered by Bestar, contact us. You can find our contact information through a web search for "Bestar HK".

By leveraging our expertise, you can streamline the process of starting your travel agency in Hong Kong, saving time and ensuring you meet all legal requirements.


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