Taking lessons from the string of woes that has affected the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, the government has tightened rules for the planned Kai Tak cruise terminal to give it more management control and provide greater public scrutiny. Government approval will be required for any changes to the management team during initial operation of the terminal and the winning tenderer will be held to its performance pledges. Under the arrangements, published on the Tourism Board website yesterday, the successful bidder will also have to publish 'certain information' throughout the period of its lease to 'enhance transparency', and organise a consultative forum with the cruise and tourism industries. A senior government official said the operator would have obligations, such as having managers attend Legislative Council meetings to answer questions about its performance. It is the first time such a service agreement has been made public. A source said the government had decided to introduce new clauses and make the process more transparent after learning from the Ngong Ping 360 debacle and gathering market feedback. The MTR Corporation has taken over the management of the cable car on Lantau from its Australian operator, Skyrail-ITM, after an inquiry said serious management deficiencies were behind a series of problems in the nine months it was operating. These culminated in an empty gondola breaking loose and plunging to the ground during testing in June. Public and market opinion is now being sought on the arrangements for the cruise terminal. The government will soon invite tenders to develop a cruise terminal at the former airport site. The first berth is expected to be operating by 2012. Massimo Brancaleoni, regional vice-president of cruise operator Costa Crociere, said he understood the government's need to ensure that the people running the terminal were managing it successfully. 'I'm not saying if it's right or wrong, but it's quite understandable,' Mr Brancaleoni said. 'The role of the government is not to lose money.' The Italian company has not decided whether to bid for the project. Joseph Lam, cruise operator Royal Caribbean's international representative for Hong Kong, said that if the government was involved in all details of the project's development, it should have the right to approve changes to the management team. John Ap, Polytechnic University's associate professor of tourism, agreed. Mr Lam said requiring consultation with the cruise and tourism industries was a positive step.