Hong Kong’s first-ever cruise and yachting event, International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) 2018, has added the China Merchants Wharf in Western District and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, to become its venues for the upcoming November Event.
The Festival, scheduled to be held from November 22 to 25, will bring together global cruise and yacht brands and boats in an event that will include an activity programme featuring cruising and yachting, maritime lifestyle, marine and leisure tourism, as well as education and employment. With the aim of promoting public understanding of Hong Kong’s waters and the sustainable development of the industry in the south China region, a series of informative and leisure activities are to be arranged, including exhibitions, forums, conferences to maritime-themed activities.
The four-day Festival offers a multi-perspective presentation of maritime activities on both sides of the harbour, including the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the China Merchants Wharf in Western and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
The Event is organised by the Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association, with the support of the China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association and the China Merchants Group.
With the support of the CCYIA and CMG, the Festival is expected to gain the support of the maritime services industry by providing a platform for sustainable growth and business development. This will also be in line with the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Project, which is designed to explore and develop the enormous market opportunities arising from the increasing links between China and Hong Kong with the global maritime industry.
Kara Yeung, HKCYIA executive director, said, “With its unique venues on both sides of the harbour, the Festival will become a propeller for Hong Kong’s future developments as the economy will be further entwined with the maritime industry. With the emergence of opportunities that will be available under the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the rapid development of global cruise and yacht industry, the ICYF is expected to help promote Hong Kong’s economy in another perspective, covering leisure tourism, shipping and logistics, retail and shopping, finance and insurance.”
The additional venues will provide the much-needed space to enable participants to showcase their products and services,” she added.