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Old June 2nd, 2014, 06:48 PM   #621
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Old July 5th, 2014, 08:32 PM   #622
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Old August 19th, 2014, 03:32 PM   #623
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Kai Tak park set for takeoff
11 August 2014
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Kai Tak Runway Park, occupying 2.82 hectares and built at the tip of the former Kai Tak Airport runway, is now open 24 hours a day.

It has incorporated aviation elements in its design, such as the original yellow and black checkered pattern at the tip of the taxiway that once served as a visual reference for pilots.

The runway was known as "Runway One-Three''/ "Runway Three-One'' in the aviation industry, and the numbers 13 and 31 have reappeared in the park.

Historic photos that commemorate the old airport form the "Kai Tak Timeline,'' which revisits the history of the airport. Plane-shaped benches are among other features in the park, managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Other facilities include a 270-meter waterfront promenade, a large lawn and an open plaza. The park is adjacent to the Kai Tak cruise terminal.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 07:40 PM   #624
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Global cruise lines set sail for China
21 August 2014

HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

What's also a surprise is the vessel's intended home port: Shanghai.

After floating out of a German shipyard last week, the $935 million Quantum of the Seas will spend the winter running between New York and the Caribbean before moving to its new base next summer in mainland China's financial center.

It's a gutsy move for the world's second biggest cruise company. Cruise operators have traditionally sent older vessels to developing countries while saving their most advanced ships for U.S. and European customers. But surging growth in China means it's a market operators can no longer ignore.

Carnival Corp., the No. 1 cruise company, will become the first global cruise operator to have four ships based in China when it deploys its Costa Serena to Shanghai in April.

The race for China underscores the growing strength of the leisure and travel industries in the world's No. 2 economy as authorities try to spur domestic spending rather than trade and investment as an engine of growth.

Executives are confident about China's prospects even as its economy struggles with a prolonged slowdown from double digit rates of expansion, saying that growth is still strong when compared with developed markets.

Miami-based Carnival expects to carry 500,000 Chinese cruise passengers in 2015, up from 350,000 this year.

"We know that's just a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead in terms of the market in China, which we believe is going to someday represent more than half of all the cruise guests," Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said in a phone interview.

The Asian Cruise Association estimated last year that the overall Asian market, which totaled 1.3 million passengers in 2012, could nearly triple to 3.8 million in 2020, including 1.6 million from China.

Carnival is even more optimistic, predicting the number will grow to 7 million by 2020 or about a fifth of the global market.

"For the next five to 10 years, greater China including Hong Kong will play a critical role to the global cruise industry's development," said Zinan Liu, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s managing director for China.

While the U.S. and European are showing signs of revival, "there's no region like China and Asia that will grow as rapidly," he said.

Liu said Royal Caribbean expects to carry 400,000 Chinese cruise passengers in 2015, double the number from last year, from four main ports — Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xiamen and Tianjin.

The company's 18-deck Quantum of the Seas, which carries 4,180-passengers, arrives in Shanghai in May next year, joining two other Royal Caribbean ships based in China. It's also expanding operations in Hong Kong to better market to customers in neighboring Guangdong, the richest province in mainland China, Liu said.

For Carnival, the addition of the Costa Serena will raise its China capacity by 3,780 passengers. The company has two other Costa brand vessels stationed in Shanghai as well as one with its Princess brand.

While companies are salivating over the growth potential of China's newly wealthy middle class, hurdles remain.

One factor complicating efforts to pitch cruises to mainland Chinese is that "the vast majority of the population have no concept of a cruise," said Donald, Carnival's CEO.

Unlike American or European cruise passengers, who tend to be older and have the time to take two week journeys, Chinese cruise travelers are younger and have less vacation time. That limits the possible itineraries and presents a challenge in cultivating repeat travelers.

Shanghai software engineer Cao Ying took a five-day cruise to Japan and South Korea with her husband on Carnival's Sapphire Princess, operated by its Princess Cruises brand, after he took one with other staff at his Internet company to entertain clients.

The 30-year-old loved the dining, the shows, the spa and the helpful staff. But she complained that there wasn't enough time during port calls.

"I think traveling by cruise is a good experience, but the downside is that you couldn't really see a lot. I couldn't go to visit the places I would like to go in a foreign country," said Cao. "So unless it's a free trip, I wouldn't take a second cruise, even to go to another country."

Another big complaint is insufficient cruise ports and related facilities. China's focus in the past few decades on export manufacturing means ports are geared to shipping containers rather than leisure travelers.

Uncoordinated infrastructure development was highlighted when Shanghai opened a new $260 million cruise terminal on the city's historic riverside Bund in 2008, only to discover that many big ships couldn't access it because of a low bridge downstream. Another $140 million terminal with two berths opened at the river's mouth in 2011 to accommodate those vessels.

Hong Kong christened a new $1.2 billion cruise terminal last year, but the Norman Foster-designed facility has so far been infrequently used. Visits are expected to pick up in coming years.

Visitors have criticized the terminal, built at the end of the old Kai Tak airport's runway jutting into the scenic harbor, for being hard to access by bus or taxi. A smaller terminal near the city center is more popular and a home base for ships operated by Genting Group's Star Cruises.


China's "lack of infrastructure is the biggest impediment to growth," the annual World Travel Market industry conference, said in a report last year that recommended government intervention to realize improvements.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 09:18 AM   #629
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Kai Tak sports stadium under fire at Legco
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A proposed multimillion-dollar sports complex at Kai Tak could become another white elephant if the government does not come up with a long-term sports policy at the same time, lawmakers have warned.

The government is seeking HK$62.7 million for pre-construction work on the multipurpose complex, including for a consultant to prepare technical specifications and conceptual drawings for the main works and a quantity surveying consultant to review the costs.

Pre-construction work has been planned to take place in this quarter.

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

At the Legislative Council's public works subcommittee meeting yesterday, the Democratic Party's Wu Chi-wai said he fears the complex would be used more as a concert venue rather than for sports.

New People's Party lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said given the low usage rate of Hong Kong Stadium, he doubts whether the proposed 50,000-seat stadium would fare any better.
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I tend to agree with that assessment.

I would say that along term sports strategy and infrastructure should go hand in hand

That is to say a pro sports franschise playing there on a regular basis.

Is such a thing viable for Hk?

Logically options are limited , a football franchise or Rugby franchise perhaps.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 01:46 PM   #631
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I know old Kai Tak Airport from Action Movies of the 80´s
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Sport-Proposed Hong Kong complex fails to secure government funds
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HONG KONG, April 22 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's long-planned $3 billion sports complex on the site of the old Kai Tak airport failed to secure key government funding to begin pre-construction work, local media reported on Wednesday.

No decision was made on whether the government could secure the required HK$62.7 million ($8.09 million) with discussions instead focussing on whether the land would be better served for public housing, the South China Morning Post reported.

The Legislative Council's Public Works Subcommittee also discussed whether the proposed HK$25 billion ($3.23 billion) facility, first mooted in the 1990s, required 50,000 seats amid fears it would become a white elephant.

Along with the main stadium, which would have a retractable roof, the proposed venue would also boast a 5,000 seat sports ground and an indoor stadium for 4,000 people.
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Veteran impresario calls for concert mega-venue as part of Kai Tak project
6 July 2015
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The government should consider combining a proposed multi-purpose sports venue on the site of the former Kai Tak airport with a 35,000-seat-plus concert venue that would bring big-name performers back to the city, a top impresario says.

Florence Chan Sock-fun, an event organiser and celebrity manager for more than 40 years, said Hong Kong has been dwarfed by the rise of mega-venues of 40,000 to 60,000 capacity in the region and fallen off the tour routes of international stars.

"We need a new and bigger Hong Kong Coliseum that could seat at least 35,000 and the only location within the city is the former Kai Tak airport site," Chan, chairperson of the Performing Industry Association, said.

The 14,000-seat venue in Hung Hom was the largest in the region when it opened in 1983, ushering in the golden age of Hong Kong's Canto-pop culture, which Chan said she was privileged to witness and take part in.

"Before the Coliseum, the main venue was the Lee Theatre where I managed the concerts of Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and so on," she recalled.

"Tom Jones was the first international star to sing at the Coliseum, but local stars gradually took over, starting with Sam Hui, and later Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui and Alan Tam," added Chan, who managed Cheung and Mui.

The stadium turned out to be more than just a platform for the stars - Sinatra performed there in 1985 - but also a major training ground for a new generation of stage designers, sound and lighting engineers, as well as those in fashion and even hair stylists.

"These professionals, on or behind stage, took Canto-pop culture to the world and Hong Kong owes to them for that. It was the Coliseum that made the difference," she said.

But the supremacy of the 1980s gradually lost out to the rise of bigger venues in the region in recent years, such as the 55,000-seat Singapore National Stadium and the 50,000-seat Philippine Arena, which both opened last year. Taipei will open a 40,000-seat dome next year.

"Without a comparable venue, international stars would skip us when they tour this region," Chan said, citing R&B superstar Rihanna's 2013 tour which culminated in Macau. The singer entertained audiences of 28,000 in two concerts, 90 per cent of whom came from Hong Kong.

Chan quoted a recent study by Polytechnic University on concert tourism, commissioned by the PIA, that concluded a new 35,000-seat venue could bring HK$1.4 billion in annual ticket revenue, generating as much as HK$5.2 billion to GDP and creating 16,397 jobs.

The findings coincided with the decision by the Legislative Council to spend HK$62.7 million on pre-construction studies for a 50,000-seat, multi-purpose sports complex at Kai Tak. "The Coliseum was also designated as a sports facility in the first place, so the government should be open to options," said Chan.
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