WCT obtains extension to operate Kai Tak cruise terminal

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The expansion reflects “the many and diverse operational, green and CSR awards we have achieved over the years, as well as the 2021 payback from the US$750 million investment in the facility, which opened its doors in 2013,” according to Jeff Bent, general manager of Worldwide Cruise Terminals.

“We believe the future holds great potential as new facilities such as the bridge to Macau, high-speed rail, simplified border crossings and attractions in the new cultural district of West Kowloon can be fully utilized,” he said. Bent said.

No ships currently scheduled for May 21 recovery

Cruises to nowhere, suspended during the Omicron crackdown in Hong Kong, will be allowed to resume from May 21, but no line has announced plans to return afterwards.

Recently, Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas redeployed early to Singapore and the future of Genting Dream is unknown following the collapse of Dream Cruises, which leased the ship to a consortium of Chinese banks.

“We now expect the Hong Kong SAR government to resume attractive, simple and transparent policies to entice cruise passengers and overseas visitors to return,” Bent said.

Market growth potential

He added: ‘In the years before the pandemic, Hong Kong generally ranked as the world’s 12th or 13th tourism source market in terms of spending, and after six months of deep-sea sailing last year, during which 50% of cruisers were new to cruising and experienced record levels of satisfaction, we are confident that the local source market will grow even more in the future.

Seatrade Cruise Global Asia Session

Bent is set to participate in Seatrade Cruise Global’s “Asia Regional Development” session, alongside Annie Chang, Director of Cruise Development, Singapore Tourism Board; and Sean Treacy, senior vice president of international market planning, Royal Caribbean Group. The moderator is Joel Katz, Managing Director, Australasia and Asia, Cruise Lines International Association.

The session is scheduled for the morning of April 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Details of the conference program are here.

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