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Old November 17th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #261
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Runway tip - future site of the cruise terminal (11/11) :









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Old December 11th, 2007, 06:15 AM   #262
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Race for new hot spots as cruise industry grows
27 November 2007
Hong Kong Standard

Tourists made a total of 450,000 visits to Hong Kong aboard cruise liners in the first nine months of this year - an increase of 150 percent over the same period last year.

The boom has led tourism bodies to explore new cruise destinations in the Greater China region and Asia Pacific, helped by the expected opening of the territory's second cruise terminal at Kai Tak in 2012.

Speaking at a ceremony yesterday to mark the arrival of Star Cruises' redeployed vessel, SuperStar Libra, Hong Kong Tourism Board executive director Anthony Lau Chun-hon said the cruise industry is now the fastest- growing tourism sector worldwide, and the Asia Pacific region will be the hot spot for growth.

Among the 450,000 cruise visits, more than half were made by tourists who flew here first and toured Hong Kong before boarding cruise liners.

Lau said Hong Kong needs to step up the game amid stiff competition from neighbors to become a regional cruise hub.

Star Cruises - the world's third- largest cruise operator owned by Malaysia's Genting Group - is one of the leading bidders for the Kai Tak cruise terminal project announced on November 9. William Ng Ko-yin, executive director of Star Cruises, said the company is interested in bidding for the project with partners, and hopes to submit its proposals soon.

Tenders will close on March 7 next year.

Tourism commissioner Au King-chi recently met with representatives from Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan provinces in Kunming to discuss the possibility of opening up more destinations for cruise tourists.

Cruise operators are also positioning themselves as Hong Kong steps up efforts to become the region's cruise hub.

The 42,000-tonne SuperStar Libra, which can carry 1,480 passengers, will operate out of Hong Kong until March next year.

At present, Star Cruises is the only cruise operator to have three vessels based in Hong Kong. The other two are SuperStar Aquarius and Star Pisces, while another liner, Virgo, will join the fleet next year.

SuperStar Libra will soon begin cruises to Zhanjiang, Haikou and Sanya in the mainland, Halong Bay in Vietnam and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

Ng said exploring new destinations in the Asia Pacific and the Greater China region will help the group meet its future targets.

"The cruise business must have good connections with nearby countries - having a terminal is not enough,'' he said.

The Tourism Commission said having more cruise vessels based in Hong Kong will strengthen the territory's position as a regional cruise hub.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #263
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建築師行建議舊啟德建摩天輪
【19:06】2007年12月18日



【on.cc專訊】 本港一家大建築師行建議在舊啟德機場跑道,興建1個平行轉動「中」字形的橫向摩天輪「香江飛環」,以作為未來新郵輪碼頭的地標。建議中的「香江飛環」高200米,直徑160米,內設商場、餐廳、卡拉OK等。

建築行凱達環球董事總經理施家殷表示,政府對有關建議反應正面,他希望發展商方面也感興趣。
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Old December 19th, 2007, 02:07 AM   #264
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Old December 19th, 2007, 03:51 AM   #265
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Here is the English version :
Green spin on proposal for Kai Tak tower
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Architects of Macau's Venetian casino have proposed a landmark building for Hong Kong combining the best of the Eiffel Tower and London Eye.

The proposed Hong Kong Spin would be a carbon-neutral signature landmark featuring an observation tower overlooking the harbor and a horizontal ferris wheel housing bars and restaurant to be built on the former Kai Tak airport site.

Skypods, similar to those at the London Eye, would transport people up the 200-meter high observation tower.

"This is an iconic cutting-edge design with a strong sense of place. Hong Kong is a global city and we deserve a landmark feature to express our self- confidence as Asia's world city in China, selling the Hong Kong brand to the world," said Nigel Reading, senior associate at Aedas, the firm that has submitted the proposal.

Aedas says the structure could run on wind power and renewable energy, making it a carbon offset pioneer and Hong Kong's first carbon-neutral building. Power for lighting would be generated through wind turbines off the coast of Hong Kong or the mainland and wave and tidal power would be harnessed in the harbor. The aim is for the building to be cooled at no cost.

A feasibility study will have to be conducted to examine the social and economic impact of the proposal, after which it will be submitted to the planning board for approval.

The structure would take three years to complete.

Under the plan, a 160-meter-wide skywheel, which would sit half way up the podium at 100 meters, would house upmarket bars, eateries, karaoke zones and a capsule hotel.

There would be a concert venue at the base of the podium, and a public park nearby. A light-rail loop would link the site with MTR stations.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #266
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啟德跑道 倡建200米高「香江飛環」
2007年12月19日



【明報專訊】繼澳門威尼斯人度假村項目、香港國際機場二號客運大樓等項目,凱達環球有限公司建議於前啟德機場跑道末端興建「香江飛環」,包括200米高的觀景梯及100米高、160米直徑的觀景摩天輪,內設旋轉餐廳、酒吧、卡拉OK等,希望成為郵輪旅客到港後首個視線焦點,預計造價高達14億元至20億元。該公司強調已與相關決策局提出有關建議,並指局方反應正面,但需研究會否以公私營模式興建和營運。

土木工程拓展署回應稱,政府會持開放態度,留意事態發展。「香江飛環」由凱達環球有限公司和奧雅納工程顧問公司合作設計,主要分為3部分﹕觀景台、觀景梯及摩天輪,總樓面面積約41萬平方呎。

建露天廣場旋轉餐廳酒吧

佔地最大的為地面約32萬平方呎的半橢圓形露天廣場,適合舉行演唱會等表演,基座設有餐廳平台、商場和音樂廳,地下則有多層地庫商場。市民可乘坐觀景電梯由地面直達100米高的摩天輪或200米高的觀景台,前者為45分鐘旋轉一圈的摩天輪,設有雙層旋轉餐廳和酒吧區,巨輪內亦會興建一間膠囊酒店,後者則設有直升機起降坪。

凱達董事總經理施家殷稱,香江飛環外形結合「中」和希臘字母「Φ」(意為對稱),象徵香港中西文化薈萃和成功落實一國兩制。其照明和配套設施將採用風力發電,而巨輪底部會利用維港海水作波浪發電,建築外殼則採用多塊光電太陽能板,以提供電力給巨輪和觀景梯。

但他指暫未展開可行性研究,「我們正等待發展商,若找到有興趣的發展商,會向城規會申請」。負責設計「飛環」的凱達高級主任Nigel Reading曾參與倫敦BBC White City廣播中心、伊甸園、印度著名Maritreya佛像建設等項目。
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Old January 1st, 2008, 08:15 AM   #267
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Cruise control poised to step up a gear
17 December 2007
Lloyd's List

IT IS perhaps in accord with Hong Kong’s vision that while its ports slip down the container handling league, cruising would be the waterborne trade to take over. That decision, made at the beginning of this year, received a boost from mainland China in December when the central government revealed plans that would abolish the ‘Golden Week’ tradition.

Up until now China has offered annual week-long holidays to its citizens three times a year — Chinese New Year, the first week of May and National Day in October. If, as expected, the tradition is replaced by annual holidays as and when employees wish, then Hong Kong will almost certainly benefit.

Despite a terminal in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to date has never been what one could call a cruise hub. This was demonstrated to the embarrassment of all when the Queen Mary II arrived earlier this year and was promptly turned away because it was too large for the facility. In the event, hundreds of cruise passengers were disembarked from the magnificent vessel into Kwai Chung container port.

Moreover, that is just one example as Kwai Chung container port regularly plays host to passenger liners of100,000 gt and above.

Up to now, Hong Kong has been better known for catering to overnight gamblers who jump on a Star Cruises vessel for a night in international waters where they can lose their money on the wheel.

Tenders for the development of Hong Kong’s new cruise terminal will close on March 7, 2008.

Much has been made by the Tourism Bureau of its ideal location at the old Kai Tak airport site, and, accordingly, the winning operator will have much to do much to fulfil the government’s dream. The new terminal is expected to have facilities for mooring two of the largest cruiseships at the same time.

Specifications laid down in the proposal allow for cruiseships of up to 220,000 gt. The successful bidder will have to design, build, operate and maintain the facilities, including customs, baggage handling and parking and loading areas, as well as the commercial area of the cruise terminal — which will include office, hotel and retail facilities in addition to catering. And it must all be done by 2012.

Even with the scrapping of the Golden Week concept, any cruise terminal operator pondering the Hong Kong government’s tender might want to take a look at Star Cruise’s latest results.

In November the Hong Kong-listed firm announced a net loss of $77.3m for the first nine months of the year. This compared with an $8.6m loss during the same period last year. The forlorn results occurred despite an unusual gain of $53.7m when it sold a 25% stake in Resorts World at Singapore’s Sentosa theme park.

Hong Kong’s record on government induced facilities is poor. One only has to look at the local Disneyland theme park which has struggled since its opening in September 2005, and into which the government pumped billions of dollars. In its second year of operation the theme park had yet to meet visitor projections, much to taxpayers’ chagrin.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:09 PM   #268
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The Skypod does look pretty interesting and it is a piece of art over the harbour. Hope it'll get built, but it's no doubt it's an expensive structure.
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建築師行建議舊啟德建摩天輪
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【on.cc專訊】 本港一家大建築師行建議在舊啟德機場跑道,興建1個平行轉動「中」字形的橫向摩天輪「香江飛環」,以作為未來新郵輪碼頭的地標。建議中的「香江飛環」高200米,直徑160米,內設商場、餐廳、卡拉OK等。

建築行凱達環球董事總經理施家殷表示,政府對有關建議反應正面,他希望發展商方面也感興趣。

It SURE will be an icon, IF it get build. I sure will fly back to Hong Kong for this one...it look sooooooo cool
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They had a photoshopped image of it with the harbour and skyline in the background in SCMP...fwoar crikey!
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They had a photoshopped image of it with the harbour and skyline in the background in SCMP...fwoar crikey!


I was looking at it and felt that the picture doesn't not right to me. And finally realized the structure is photoshopped at West Kowloon Cultural District, not Kai Tak!!!!!!!!!
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Aye, it's more TST, from near the Clock Tower, than West Kowloon, but you're right in any case. (The angle from West Kowloon is more acute, with 2-IFC coming in closer to line with Bank of China).

It did seem odd then, but you still get a general glimpse of what it may look like. The view from Kai Tak towards the skyline is a fantastic one, not oft photographed either.
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Aye, it's more TST, from near the Clock Tower, than West Kowloon, but you're right in any case. (The angle from West Kowloon is more acute, with 2-IFC coming in closer to line with Bank of China).

It did seem odd then, but you still get a general glimpse of what it may look like. The view from Kai Tak towards the skyline is a fantastic one, not oft photographed either.
That vantage point of the skyline can be easily shot from Megabox.
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That vantage point of the skyline can be easily shot from Megabox.
And yet it's not photographed often...
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The central pillar is slanted? If so, how can it support the horizontal wheel? It just doesn't look feasible to me.
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And yet it's not photographed often...
Megabox is new after all. It's only been open a few months, and that open area next to the skating rink with the view hasn't been always open lately. Wonder why?
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The central pillar is slanted? If so, how can it support the horizontal wheel? It just doesn't look feasible to me.
Those cables on the opposite side to which it will slant should provide enough tension to hold it in place, in a similar fashion to a few recently constructed cable-stayed bridges where the towers slant in one direction. It looks like a very interesting concept, most wheels I've seen have been planned in the vertical direction, not the horizontal.
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HK's Sun Hung Kai teams up with Star Cruises, others for cruise terminal bid
7 January 2008

HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) said it has teamed up with Star Cruises, VXL Capital and Nan Fung Development to bid for the Kai Tak cruise terminal project In Hong Kong.

It noted that the partnership brings together the experience of Star Cruises, the third largest cruise liner in the world, and VXL Capital and Nan Fung Development, which have a solid record in undertaking large-scale development projects.

The government started accepting bids for the Kai Tak cruise terminal in November. The tender will close on March 7. The winning developer will be given a 50 year franchise.

At 12.05 noon, Sun Hung Kai shares were up 0.6 hkd or 0.35 pct at 170.4, while Star Cruises was up 0.01 hkd or 0.38 pct at 2.62 and VXL Capital was down 0.04 hkd or 3.51 pct at 1.1.
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