Tourism in Hong Kong

Overseas passengers return to Kai Tak with official opening of HK$8.2b cruise terminal

Passengers disembark from the Celebrity Millennium at Kai Tak, when it docked at the terminal during a trial run in March. Photo: Felix Wong

Built at a cost of HK$8.2 billion, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal finally welcomed its first visitors yesterday after years of planning and construction. Carrying more than 3,000 passengers and making her maiden voyage to Hong Kong, the 310-metre, 15-deck Mariner of the Seas would have been too big to berth at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 6:19am 1 comment

Passengers praise 'magnificent' Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on opening day

The Mariner of the Seas, paying its first visit to Hong Kong, docked at the newly opened Kai Tak cruise terminal. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Mariner of the Seas, on its maiden visit to Hong Kong, was the first cruise ship to dock at the Kai Tak cruise terminal - which its passengers described as "magnificent".

13 Jun 2013 - 3:06am 1 comment

Hong Kong's tourist trade hits troubled times as hiring gets harder

Paul Pei, President of Hong Kong Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The tourism industry in Hong Kong has a problem - young people are just not drawn to it. Now, some of the biggest names in the city, which can pull in customers by the millions, are behind a recruitment drive.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am

Making local Hong Kong a main tourist attraction

The Tourism Board is offering some less conventional tourist attractions. Photo: Bloomberg

The need to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive tourism market is universal. The emergence of new attractions and destinations means travellers are spoiled for choice. Inevitably, places that go an extra mile to offer something out-of-the-ordinary will win, while those staying still or without any special appeal will lose out.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

Lu Ping: Too many Chinese mainlanders being allowed into Hong Kong

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

In a pre-recorded interview with RTHK, Lu blamed the influx on the individual visit scheme, which he said was "too open".

10 May 2013 - 9:52am 11 comments

Seven bids for Ocean Park hotel site

Revised tender for the proposed 495-room Ocean Hotel has attracted seven bids.

The revised tender for a hotel at Ocean Park, which could be worth HK$3.2 billion, has attracted seven bids, in contrast to its debut two years ago when it was withdrawn for lack of interest.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

Hoteliers' anger at steep rises in property rates

Michael Li Hon-shing. Photo: Edward Wong

The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners has demanded an explanation from the Rating and Valuation Department, saying the rises will add to pressure on the industry, especially after a sluggish "golden week" holiday.

8 May 2013 - 5:46am

Tourists demand payout for short wait

A mainland tourist complains to the media. Photo: SCMP

Members of a mainland tour group demanded 3,000 yuan compensation each and an extra three nights' stay from a Hong Kong tour agency, saying they lost about an hour waiting for a coach.

2 May 2013 - 6:16am 5 comments

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

The government's decision to cancel the National Day fireworks has alarmed some in the tourism trade while also sparking a debate over whether the display should ever take place again.

1 May 2013 - 7:54am 2 comments

Local character 'key to keeping Hong Kong's allure'

Mainland shoppers are increasingly travelling overseas rather than to Hong Kong to buy the latest or limited-edition international brands. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong is losing its edge in attracting mainland shoppers as the city's local character fades from its prime shopping districts, a property consultant warns.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

What's being said on

People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok. Photo: Nora Tam

On top officials' seven-year plan to cut Hong Kong's appalling roadside pollution, and mainland tourists giving HK the thumbs down.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

How Lantau can ease the strain of tourist influx

Lantau can ease the city's tourism burden. Photo: David Wong

The influx of tourists during the Lunar New Year once again put Hong Kong's receiving capacity (particularly in the hotel and retail sectors) to the test and highlighted the need for a strategic rethink.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 1 comment

Hong Kong should look to Lantau for development

Lantau's infrastructure and the implications of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge's completion as early as 2016 offers the island massive development potential.

The suggestion by a business group that Lantau Island be developed as a commercial zone to draw mainland tourists away from crowded Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, at first glance, seems far-fetched. But given what the city's largest island has in terms of infrastructure and the implications of the completion of the bridge to Zhuhai and Macau as early as 2016, it is obvious that it offers massive development potential.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 8 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 20, 2013

Tung Chung is too far for shoppers. Photo: Bloomberg

I would like to clarify the government's stance regarding public access to private sports clubs and other facilities on sites that are operated under private recreational leases.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 3 comments

Ocean Park's new water world to be ready for all seasons

Ocean Park Chief Executive Tom Mehrmann. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The new attraction - set to open in Tai Shue Wan in 2017 - will avoid making the mistake of the old water world, which closed in the late 1990s after making losses in the colder seasons of the year, said park chief executive Tom Mehrmann.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am