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Old February 5th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #601
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 06:44 AM   #602
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Big spenders targeted for cluster of five-star hotels planned at Kai Tak
27 February 2014
South China Morning Post

The city is lining up a cluster of five-star hotels next to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and research funding for universities and private companies to give fresh impetus to the economy.

High-end tourism is a priority amid concerns about stretched resources in the wake of the government's projection of 70 million arrivals in 2017.

Six hotel sites in Kai Tak facing Victoria Harbour will be released gradually to the market from the end of next year, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said yesterday.

The cluster, in a concept similar to Singapore's Marina Bay waterfront development, will target visitors with high spending power by offering five-star accommodation and top-notch catering and entertainment.

That would help the city maximise economic benefits with limited resources, Tsang said.

"I appreciate that an excessive number or over-concentration of visitors may exert pressure on our society," he said. "The government should strive to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to receive visitors."

Tourism contributed 4.7 per cent of gross domestic product last year and supported the employment of 250,000 people, he noted.

In other initiatives, the Tourism Board will secure HK$45 million more to attract conventions and exhibitions to Hong Kong in the next three years, and another HK$50 million to strengthen popular events.

And at the end of this year, the daily laser show at the harbour will be enhanced by 3-D mapping technology, turning the facades of buildings into screens for dynamic video displays.

Michael Li Hon-sing, executive director of the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners, agreed high-end tourism was the way forward, since five-star hotels were on average about 80 per cent occupied.

Future demand for rooms in Kai Tak would depend largely on the overall development of the East Kowloon district in terms of commerce, conventions and exhibitions, Li said.

He also pointed to a Kai Tak sports complex, boasting a 50,000-seat stadium, due for completion in 2019.

"If it can provide world-class entertainment like that in Macau, it won't be hard to fill the hotel rooms," he said.

Leung Tin-cheuk, assistant professor of Chinese University's economics department, urged the government to allocate new sites for retail development, as well as hotels. The wages of salespeople from 1999 to 2012, after discounting inflation, had stagnated, but shop rents had surged 60 per cent, he said.

"Only if there is more land to open new shops will they see salary increases … and benefit from the tourism boom," he said.

On another front, the government hopes to encourage innovations in the information and technology sector, which made up 3.5 per cent of GDP in 2012.

Six universities will get annual funding of HK$24 million as seed money for students to start up research and development projects, while secondary school pupils gifted in IT can join new enrichment programmes.

Funding schemes that back research and development in private firms, now benefiting only small and medium-sized enterprises, will cover all firms, including listed companies. The cap on each project will rise from HK$6 million to HK$10 million.

A matching fund of HK$50 million will help retailers adopt IT solutions that increase productivity, such as electronic price labelling and stocktaking.
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 06:47 AM   #603
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That looks like something in the future. Amazing!
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Old March 14th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #605
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Lifebelt for cruise terminal
14 March 2014
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We see that Commissioner for Tourism Philip Yung has announced something called an Asia Cruise Fund while attending the Cruise Shipping Miami conference in the US. The fund, which appears to have been devised together with Taiwan, “will enable partnering ports to pool together financial incentives into a single scheme, enabling cruise lines to identify available financial incentives in developing itineraries that cover partnering ports”. In this way “the appeal of the entire region” will be enhanced.

So, not content with having stumped up HK$8.2 billion to build the somewhat controversial cruise terminal which it couldn’t get anyone in the private sector to build, the government has now decided that it is going to pay cruise lines to use it. The reason the private sector wasn’t interested in building the terminal was that it was doubtful as to the likelihood of its commercial success.

It is of course early days but this plan smacks of panic. For the next two years there are about 40 dockings booked, less than half the 89 bookings for the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore between last June and next month.

But as Yung told Legco last year: “The start is never easy. We hope that with effort, usage of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will be bigger and confidence in the facility will grow.” Hardly a ringing endorsement.
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And at the end of this year, the daily laser show at the harbour will be enhanced by 3-D mapping technology, turning the facades of buildings into screens for dynamic video displays.

Does this mean the facades of buildings could be used to show broadcast events like a giant cinema screen?
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I miss Hong Kong, I was there a year ago and really loved it. Next year I must return.
I have a question for you guys. Next to the ITC on the seaside a year ago there was a construction site. What are they building there?
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Old March 30th, 2014, 05:21 PM   #610
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I miss Hong Kong, I was there a year ago and really loved it. Next year I must return.
I have a question for you guys. Next to the ITC on the seaside a year ago there was a construction site. What are they building there?
What is the ITC?
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this building in snake shape is very beautiful...

by the way...I found a pic showing part of kai tak area...
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 12:09 PM   #612
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Kai Tak taxi torment for cruise visitors
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Transport arrangements have remained woeful at the the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal since it opened, with passengers from the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2 having to wait for up to two hours at the taxi stand yesterday.

On June 12 last year, a taxi hiccup marred the berthing of the terminal's first ship, the Mariner of the Seas. No taxis were available to pick up passengers between 8.30 to 8.45pm on that day, but the matter was quickly resolved.

The luxury liner arrived in the terminal with 2,500 passengers on Tuesday for a two-day stay. It left yesterday.

An Australian tourist said the service was not organized and really poor.

Tourism sector lawmaker Yiu Si-wing said the passengers could have taken coaches, which were not full, to surrounding shopping malls.

"Perhaps the visitors wanted to go elsewhere or it might be that the ancillary facilities are not adequate," Yiu said, adding transportation links may have to be boosted.

"Passengers taking a coach should be taken directly to scenic spots including Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok or the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui instead of to the MTR stations as they may not be familiar with rail routes."

Jeff Bent, managing director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals, said since they had already arranged adequate transportation choices, it was left to the passengers to decide. "There are coaches taking them to Diamond Hill, Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong or Kowloon stations; or coaches to hotels on Hong Kong Island or Tsim Sha Tsui," he said.

Bent added that on the cruise, passengers were also reminded of long waiting times for a taxi during the day or at peak hours.

"We also informed the taxi associations in advance to pass by the Kai Tak area to take passengers."

A spokesman for the apm mall in Kwun Tong said coaches were arranged to ferry the passengers to the mall.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung said the long taxi queues might be due to the busy transportation schedule in the morning, as well as the poor weather.
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Can we expect high-rises?
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Can we expect high-rises?
Plenty. You can see some plans on previous pages of this thread.
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Kai Tak sports complex cost put at HK$23 billion by government
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4 January 2014

The city's biggest sports complex - to be located within the Kai Tak development area - will cost HK$23 billion of taxpayers' money and will involve the private sector in its long-term operation.

The Home Affairs Bureau revealed the first concrete plans for the controversial sports complex yesterday. The project will take up 28.2 hectares - roughly 8 per cent of the whole development at Hong Kong's former international airport. A network of cycling trails planned for the Kai Tak area will be extended into the complex.

The plans include a 50,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof, 5,000-seat sports ground and 4,000-seat indoor sports centre.

The Public Works Programme will fund the construction, while private sector management will be brought in for the long-term running of facilities, according to the bureau's document, which will be discussed at the Legislative Council next Friday. "This [public-private] approach will offer the greatest certainty in terms of achieving our project objectives whilst also harnessing the expertise and creativity of the private sector," read the document.

Commercial funding for the project is not viable according to previous consultancy studies, the document said.

"Any private sector participation options would be financially viable only if the government were to shoulder all the capital costs and guarantee the private sector a return on equity," the bureau said in the paper.

A seven-person task force will be set up under the recreation and sport branch of the bureau to oversee the project.

If funding is secured, the project will go through a detailed feasibility study in early 2015 costing some HK$50 million, with construction planned to begin in mid-2016 and be completed by 2020.

The complex will also feature at least 10,000 square metres of office space; commercial space of no less than 31,500 square metres for retail, food and beverage outlets; children's play areas, tai chi areas, fitness stations and jogging trails, and a landscaped garden with covered seating. The site is currently zoned for stadium use and "open space".

The sports complex caused controversy in October 2012 when a government adviser said it should be relocated to Lantau Island to make way for more flats to ease housing demands.

Academics suggested increasing the overall development density in Kai Tak could supply 3,000 to 7,000 more homes there.
Maybe the world cup 2022 should be held in HK not Qatar. HOpe HK can get some funding?
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Can we expect high-rises?
If you look at the post before yours, there a many high rises located at the northern end of the former airport area.. i.e., the apron and cargo complex..
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Look at those low clouds!! Landing would have been a hard job back then..
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Finally this thing gets a thread
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