The inauguration of Hong Kong’s first-ever cruise and yachting event on November 22-25, will offer a novel leisure component to a busy Hong Kong Maritime Week (18-24 November) this year.
The International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) will be held at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Kai Tak Runway Park and Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter.
The four-day event, organised by the Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, will bring together global cruise and yacht brands and boats with maritime education and employment, marine and leisure tourism and maritime industry developments as the major focuses. It will feature the presence of mega cruisers, super yachts and pleasure boats as well as a wide range of watersports equipment.
With the full support of the Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Foundation, the Festival organiser will work closely with the relevant government departments and industry associations to bring about an interesting activity program which will promote public understanding of Hong Kong’s waters and the sustainable development of the associated economies.
According to the Association’s executive director, Miss Kara Yeung, ICYF is designed to help consolidate Hong Kong’s position as an Asian Shipping Centre, Cruising Hub and Quality Tourism City, providing the impetus for the development of the marine-related industries.
As part of the festival ICYF is to organise a series of forums in cooperation with during the Maritime Services Training Institute, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong Polytechnic University college of professional and continuing education, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Training, and the Vocational Training Council to provide the latest training information to visitors interested in a career at sea.
Ms Yeung said the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal can be used a launch pad to promote island tourism with the cooperation of cruise charters and travel agents. During the festival, the organiser has plans to provide shuttle ferries to facilitate visitor traffic and provide them with a direct encounter with the pleasures at sea.