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Fleet's arrival demonstrates growth in cruise tourism

Queen Mary 2 (back) meets Queen Victoria in Victoria Harbour.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So (third from right) welcomes cruise passengers of Queen Mary 2 at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So (second from left) tours Queen Mary 2.

The current fleet of the Cunard Line, namely Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Hong Kong over a two-day period in late March, demonstrating Hong Kong’s appeal as a destination for cruise passengers, as well as a turnaround port for cruise lines.

Speaking at the celebratory reception on March 29, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So thanked the cruise line for its confidence in the Hong Kong market. He highlighted the city’s infrastructural strength in developing cruise tourism and its competitive edge as the regional cruise hub in Asia.

With the government’s commitment and investment in developing cruise tourism, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal can now accommodate two mega-size cruise ships simultaneously and provide a smooth and hassle-free experience for passengers. Commissioned in 2013, the terminal will receive 90 ship calls from 17 brands this year. The government and the Hong Kong Tourism Board will continue to leverage on this infrastructural strength to promote cruise tourism development in Hong Kong.

Earlier in the day, Mr. So also attended the inaugural berthing of the new Runway Park Pier near the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The pier, a jetty serving the former airport fire station, has been renovated for public use. It now facilitates water-based activities, enables marine transportation to the cruise terminal area and allows for a wider variety of shore excursion programs for cruise passengers.

Shore excursion operators will be running seafood tours and programs to outlying islands soon, allowing cruise passengers to enjoy the tranquility and a more exotic experience of Hong Kong.

The government is also committed to developing “fly-cruise” programs in Hong Kong, allocating additional resources for the Tourism Board to partner with international cruise lines to launch marketing and promotional campaigns.

 


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