Hotels and guesthouses in Hong Kong
Investors who want to open a hotel in Hong Kong need to observe the rules applicable to establishments that provide accommodation for individuals. Hotels and guesthouses in Hong Kong must pass health, safety and environment requirements as well as those for food and hygiene.
Each hotel in Hong Kong must obtain certificates and approvals as well as a special license from the Office of the Licensing Authority belonging to the Home Affairs Department.
Our Hong Kong company formation representatives can help you open a hotel, obtain all licenses for functioning and observe the relevant legislation. Of course, you’ll have to choose a suitable legal entity for incorporation and the limited liability company in Hong Kong is a very popular company type. In order to find out more about the requirements for opening a hotel in Hong Kong, please watch our video below:
The Hong Kong accommodation ordinance
The Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance regulates all activities associated with hotels and guesthouses in Hong Kong. The authority responsible for the implementation of the Ordinance is the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Authority.
Our company registration agents in Hong Kong can help you incorporate a company that will function as the new hotel or guesthouse. We can help you choose an available company name and purchase a property that will be used as the new accommodation facility. No specific tax or intellectual property rules apply to hotels as well as no special corporate or accounting measures.
Licenses required for hotels in Hong Kong
According to law, any establishment in Hong Kong that provides overnight accommodation for a certain fee must obtain a license before starting any business activities. The hotel license is valid for 12 to 84 months and an application for renewal must be submitted before the expiration of the current one.
Hotels in Hong Kong will need to comply with the city’s requirements for environmental protection. Certain types of waste will need to be collected separately and treated accordingly. A waste management programme can be implemented for a hotel or guesthouse.
As establishments that provide sleep accommodation, food and beverages (if applicable), hotels will need to comply with health and safety requirements. The hotel premises must be reasonably safe for the guests. Special permits and licenses for commercialising food are also required if the hotel has a restaurant. Our specialists can help you with detailed information about company registration in Hong Kong for various types of businesses and establishments.
A hotel in Hong Kong will not only be subject to rules concerning the accommodation services offered to its guests, but also to specific accounting requirements. Hotel owners can rely on the services provided by our accountants in Hong Kong for preparing the annual financial statements and bookkeeping requirements, meeting the tax payment and filing requirements, as well as others.
For more information about the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance as well as assistance for establishing a hotel, please contact our Hong Kong company formation consultants.