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Old March 22nd, 2011, 07:43 AM   #441
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Cruise terminal may lack luxury outlook
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The yet-to-be-built Kai Tak cruise terminal looks to be too far from classy downtown areas, an operator believes.

Convenience and luxury are essential for those on cruises, says Silversea's Asia regional director, Melvyn Yap. "When well-heeled passengers come to Hong Kong on a cruise they want to stay at the Peninsula Hotel or at least have a view of the city skyline."

He was speaking on the 36,000-tonne Silver Spirit after it tied up at the no-frills China Merchant's Wharf in Kennedy Town yesterday.

The liner had to use a commercial wharf away from the central harbor because Ocean Terminal cannot accommodate it. It has a length of 198.5 meters and a beam of 26.2m.

It arrived in Hong Kong on a maiden 119-day world cruise after leaving Los Angeles two months ago. It is due in the British port of Southampton in May.

In a welcome ceremony, Hong Kong Tourism Board executive director Daisy Lam Lui Wing-han said the Kai Tak terminal will be ready for many such liners by 2013.

But that is after several delays due to red-tape issues. Completion is a year behind the original target date.

Talking of a liking for a central berth, Yap said: "The average age of our passengers is 55, so mobility is a big issue." But Ocean Terminal "simply did not have space for us," he added. "It would have been perfect because of the convenient locale and shopping."

The Silver Spirit certainly carries big spenders. Those on the cruise each pay from US$500 (HK$3,900) to US$1,500 a night. Top accommodation is the Owner's Suite, and top dollar for it did not deter a Hong Kong businessman.

He paid US$225,000 to sail from Auckland to Hong Kong with his family of three. Silversea would not identity him, saying only that the family had the Owner's Suite for a 50-day trip.

Despite the region's increasing affluence, Silversea notes that Asians make up only 5 percent of guests as long trips have yet to catch on. Most prefer short trips, such as a 10-day Antarctic cruise.

"Last year we had a group book the whole of the Prince Albert II for an expedition," Yap said. "One passenger was Jack Ma Yun from Alibaba.com."
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Old March 25th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #442
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New flats for old
22 March 2011
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Flat owners affected by redevelopment will be able to swap to a new flat instead of getting compensation under an Urban Renewal Authority pilot scheme.

They can go for the "flat for flat" option, under which they may buy a home on the same site after it is redeveloped - but with certain size and floor-level limits - or move to a residential area in Kai Tak slated for the scheme.

The 1.1 hectares of land on the north apron area of the former Kai Tak airport will provide 1,000 flats of 400 to 600 square feet, according to the authority. The first batch of about 500 will be completed in 2016.

However, owners will still have to pay the difference between the values of the new and old flats. "The flat-for-flat option will provide an alternative choice for owner-occupiers affected by the URA's redevelopment projects,'' authority chairman Barry Cheung Chun- yuen said.

A key feature of the scheme is that once an owner agrees to swap their flat, the price they pay will be fixed, even if the market goes up or down, Cheung said. This can prevent the impact of market fluctuations, he added.

"The fixed price can let owners know how much they need to pay for a new flat of their preferred size in the new development and enable them to reckon their financial commitment,'' he said.

For example, the owner of a 500 sq ft flat in a 50-year-old building may pay HK$600,000 for a new flat. This is based on an evaluation that the old flat is worth HK$3 million and a new one of the same size HK$3.6 million, or HK$7,200 per square foot.

If the owner opts for a smaller flat - say 400 sq ft - he can get back HK$120,000 as it will be worth HK$2.88 million. However, Centaline Surveyors director James Cheung King-tat said new projects in the Kai Tak area are worth at least HK$8,000 psf.

Residents affected by redevelopment projects starting after February 24 will be eligible for the scheme, the authority said.

If they choose to join the scheme, 30 percent of the price of the new flat will come from the compensation.

If not, they can still opt for compensation equivalent to the value of a seven- year-old flat in the same district.

The authority said after signing an undertaking, home owners cannot withdraw from the scheme and take back the downpayment unless the new flat available is much bigger or smaller than the one asked for when the agreement was signed.

Critics said it may take years for the Kai Tak project to be ready, meaning affected residents may have to rent another place for some time.

"Where can these residents move to before the new place is ready?'' legislator Fred Li Wah-ming asked.

Kowloon City district councillor Pius Yum Kwok-tung said it is not a real "flat swap'' scheme as residents have to buy the new property at market price. "What if the market plunges?'' he asked.

A Mr Fung, who lives in a 200 sq ft home in To Kwa Wan with three family members, said he would like to buy a new flat in the same district but is worried that he will not have the means.

"This area is going to be very expensive. I don't know if I can afford it,'' he said.

Meanwhile, the authority said owners can ask it to redevelop their property.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #443
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So, is it that people who are affected by some redevelopment in nearby districts (e.g. To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City, etc...) can opt to get a new flat within Kai Tak by paying the difference in property price?
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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:35 AM   #444
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So, is it that people who are affected by some redevelopment in nearby districts (e.g. To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City, etc...) can opt to get a new flat within Kai Tak by paying the difference in property price?
Well, many of the existing residents are old and have paid off their properties already. Hence, the more feasible option is to accept a newer, but smaller unit.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #445
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Well, many of the existing residents are old and have paid off their properties already. Hence, the more feasible option is to accept a newer, but smaller unit.
That's probably a better option if they no longer live with the their children, which means they don't need the extra space and then they have some spare cash to spend too.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #446
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So the answer is "yes"
If the children, being unable to afford another flat, have to live with the parents, then they might be able to pay the difference. A friend of mine just did the same in the Serenade where this idea started off.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #447
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I quite liked how Swire allowed the flat-for-flat exchange for the Serenade project. But then, are developers willing to voluntarily do this rather than pay off the residents at a lower price on expropriation?
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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:22 AM   #448
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Old April 9th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #449
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Cruise ship terminal aims for the big league
9 April 2011
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After years of discussion, Hong Kong's bid to enter the big league of global cruise line destinations has finally got off the drawing board.

The project signals a new seafaring life for the old Kai Tak airport site and Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung were there for yesterday's ceremony to mark the start of work on the terminal building.

The terminal and the first berth, which can handle the world's biggest ocean liners, will come into operation in the middle of 2013.

A second berth with similar capacity will start operation two years later.

The government will pay the building costs while operators are being invited to submit tenders for running the finished facility. The deadline for applications is June this year.

Tourism Commissioner Philip Yung Wai-hung said interested parties had already been in touch about the tender. However, he refused to reveal the number of applications the government had received.

The latest tender invitation comes after two failed rounds in 2008, when plans by two investors failed to meet government requirements.

Following this, the government decided to fund the design and construction of a terminal and lease it to an operator for a 10-year term, reduced from 50 years.

"We will ask cruise companies to send more ocean liners to Hong Kong in 2013," Yung said.

The three-storey terminal is at the southern tip of the former Kai Tak runway and will provide a commercial area of about 60,000 sq ft and there will be a landscape deck on its roof. The customs hall will be able to clear 3,000 passengers in an hour.

Tourism sector lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun looked forward to the start of operations at the terminal which he hopes will put an end to big ships berthing in inaccessible places. "Several cruise vessels have had to berth in Kwai Chung" because of their size, he said.

The world's largest transatlantic ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, which was too big for Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, docked at Junk Bay in Sai Kung last month.

Tse was optimistic operators would be interested in submitting a tender, saying running a terminal cost much less than building one.

Local companies specialising in the cruise business have started training personnel, he said. They have also promoted the terminal at international conferences.

A total of 660,000 travellers arrived on cruises last year, 9 per cent more than in 2009, according to the Tourism Board.
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Old April 9th, 2011, 11:35 AM   #450
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lots of pollution .

Air pollution in Hong Kong is considered a serious problem. Visibility is currently less than eight kilometres for 30% of the year. Cases of asthma and bronchial infections have soared in recent years due to reduced air quality.

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Old April 12th, 2011, 02:38 PM   #451
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Old April 12th, 2011, 06:00 PM   #452
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I am quite disappointed that they don't build another iconic skyscraper in kaitak. and they should build a museum about aviation. Kaitak was the first international airport in the Greater China area, the first airport all built on reclaimed land, the last international airport operating in the city centre and the most exciting & dangerous landing in the world.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #453
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Foundation stone laid for New Cruise Terminal Building at Kai Tak
Friday, April 8, 2011
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The foundation stone laying ceremony for the Cruise Terminal Building at Kai Tak was held today (April 8).

The Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, officiated at the ceremony to mark this important milestone of the cruise terminal project.

Other officiating guests were the Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So; the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam; the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), Mr Andrew Wong; the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Wai Chi-sing; the Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Philip Yung; the Director of Architectural Services, Mrs Marigold Lau; the Managing Director of Dragages Hong Kong, Mr Nicolas Borit; and the Group Chairman of Wong Tung & Partners Limited, Mr Edward Ho.

The new cruise terminal will be an iconic building at the centre of Victoria Harbour. It will be able to berth the largest cruise vessels in the world. It is highly functional and efficient, and will bring together environmental friendly facilities to provide world class services to cruise passengers. The terminal building also provides an ancillary commercial area of about 5 600 square metres, and a landscaped deck with open space and greeneries on its roof for public enjoyment.

The Government has funded the design and construction of the cruise terminal and will lease it to an operator for management and operation. The terminal building and the first berth, which is able to accommodate the largest cruise vessels in the world, are expected to come into operation in mid-2013. The second berth will be commissioned in 2014 and will also be able to accommodate the largest cruise vessels in 2015 after dredging works on the seabed are completed.

Construction works of the cruise terminal are moving ahead as planned. The Government is inviting tenders for the tenancy of operating and managing the terminal, with a view to appointing the operator by the end of this year.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #454
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Urban design enhancements proposed for Kai Tak Development
Friday, May 13, 2011
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The Government has proposed to further enhance the urban design of the Kai Tak Development to reflect the community's views on the preservation of the Lung Tsun stone bridge remnants and public aspirations for a more accessible waterfront.

"These further initiatives are in line with the Government's policy emphasis on heritage conservation and harbourfront enhancement in recent years," a spokesman for the Development Bureau said today (May 13).

"Since these latest improvements are the outcome of an extensive public consultation undertaken by the Kai Tak Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), we will proceed with the necessary planning application in order to sustain the development momentum of this important area," the spokesman added.

Implementation of the Kai Tak Development has been proceeding at full steam since the approval of the statutory Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) in 2007.

The first batch of projects is under construction with target completion in 2013. They include the cruise terminal building and its first berth, the public housing development and supporting infrastructure. Other building projects like the Kai Tak Government Offices will commence next year while two school projects are planned to commence shortly.

In terms of housing land supply, the site earmarked for the Urban Renewal Authority's (URA) "flat for flat" initiative will be handed over to the URA in 2012 while the first batch of private housing sites should be ready for disposal in 2013.

At a press conference today, the Head of the Kai Tak Office, Mr Stephen Tang, said that following the approval of the Kai Tak OZP in November 2007, CEDD conducted two stages of public engagement from May 2010 to April 2011 to collect views on the preservation of remnants of the Lung Tsun stone bridge.

After a series of public workshops and consultations with District Councils and statutory bodies, there was general support for designating a corridor to preserve the remnants in situ.

"Based on these public views, we propose to incorporate a 30-metre-wide corridor zoned as Open Space to accommodate the remnants and ancillary facilities," Mr Tang said.

"We also propose to provide a dedicated subway under Prince Edward Road East, with a heritage theme to form a linkage between the corridor and other areas in Kowloon City," he added.

In response to public aspirations for a more accessible waterfront in the Kai Tak Development, the Government has proposed to relocate two roads and the associated landscaped deck away from the waterfront to the centre of the former runway to enhance public accessibility and enjoyment.

Mr Tang said the opportunity had also been taken to relocate another road from the waterfront at the South Apron for better accessibility. The road and pedestrian linkage layout of the South Apron was also optimised to group several split-amenity areas into a usable Government, Institution or Community site, he added.

The Government will consult the District Councils and the Town Planning Board on the proposed enhancement measures in the coming few months, and will initiate amendments to the approved OZP afterwards.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #456
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It's unfortunate Hong Kong's authorities have no sporting ambitions, the Kai Tak runway would've been a perfect location for a GP circuit. While the implications, logistics, etc etc would've no doubt been complicated, it also would've been a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Are there going to be any highrises in this development?
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^ Yes, there will be a lot of residential highrises.
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Stunning absolutely to die for cruise terminal. Nice roof mimicking a cruiseship's topdeck. Any idea about this building's square footage?
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Old May 19th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #460
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