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Old December 9th, 2008, 04:00 AM   #21
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Airport rail link may connect to local network
8 December 2008
South China Morning Post

The planned high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports may hook up with Hong Kong's local railway network in a bid to create a larger pool of passengers and boost development in the northwestern New Territories, sources said.

That means the express rail link, originally planned as a direct link taking just 17 minutes to travel between the two airports, would have a stop connecting it to West Rail.

The stop would be in Yuen Long or Tuen Mun, and the government is looking at which option would offer the best opportunities. Tuen Mun councillors have been mobilising the community to fight for the station to be built there, but a source said the government was leaning towards Yuen Long.

"New developments are planned in Yuen Long and it is close to the [Lok Ma Chau] checkpoint, so it may allow more people to use the rail," a government source said.

A feasibility study on the rail link, which will include information on its route and estimated cost, will be released by the end of this month.

Having a stop in Yuen Long would not only provide people in Futian with a fast track to Chek Lap Kok airport, but it would also allow mainland passengers a shorter trip to centres such as Tsim Sha Tsui.

However, the government is still debating if the station should be built at the same time as the rail link.

"Construction of a rail line takes at least eight to 10 years after it is proposed, so even if early passenger forecasts do not support the construction of a stop, by the time the rail line is finished the situation could be quite different," a government source said.

The idea of a high-speed rail link that will shorten journeys between Chek Lap Kok and Shenzhen Baoan International airport from an hour to about 20 minutes was first proposed by the Bauhinia Foundation, a think-tank close to the government, in August last year.

The express link would not open before 2016 - several years behind an intercity rail link between Shenzhen airport and Guangzhou, expected to begin running in 2011.

The 12.5 billion yuan (HK$14 billion) Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen rail link will connect to the Hong Kong-Shenzhen airport route.

Bauhinia Foundation researcher Zhu Wenhui said the connection would give the airport railway nearly 30 million potential passengers.

"With or without Hong Kong, the railway loop that links up the entire Pearl River Delta will be completed in a few years, so we can hook up or we can be left out," Dr Zhu said.

Law Cheung-kwok, associate director of the Aviation Policy and Research Centre at Chinese University, has warned that the cost of the railway would not be sustainable as there are already many cross-border transport choices offered at Hong Kong airport.
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Old December 20th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #23
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Crisis can open doors in hotel
18 December 2008
Hong Kong Standard

An executive of Hong Kong's newest hotel, which is close to the airport, says the economic crisis may help lure people seeking promotional deals during its grand opening period.

Business can flourish despite the troubled times and a drop in passenger and cargo traffic, according to Robert Jensch, general manager of the 658-room SkyCity Marriott near the airport at Chek Lap Kok.

"I think we will have a good first year,'' he said. ``The downturn could help as grand-opening promotional deals offered until March could price out competitors.

"When times are tough, lower rates matter, and we will have good deals because we are trying to make sure people know about the hotel.''

A central part of the Airport Authority's HK$2 billion SkyCity project, the Marriott there adjoins a new nine-hole golf course as well as shops and restaurants next to AsiaWorld-Expo.

Jensch sees the SkyCity area becoming a transport hub with the completion of the SkyPier and its ferry links to Shenzhen and Macau and the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

"The Pearl River Delta has a growing economic base, and Hong Kong is the most convenient hub,'' he said.
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Old December 20th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #25
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SkyCity Marriott puts up welcome sign at airport
15 December 2008
South China Morning Post

Hoteliers are proceeding with projects in Hong Kong and across the border, undaunted by a global slump in corporate travelling and a probable recession in the city next year.

Upmarket United States hotel group Marriott Hotels & Resorts is due to receive its first guest today at the 658-room SkyCity Marriott hotel at Chek Lap Kok airport.

To compete with newcomers including W Hotel at Kowloon Station and the established Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental hotels in Central, SkyCity Marriott is offering package prices from HK$1,688 per room per night until the end of March next year.

"The package rate we charge is a bit less than downtown five-star hotels, which will work at the time of the financial crisis," said Bob Jensch, the general manager of SkyCity Marriott.

The package price, including breakfast and a daily return ticket on the Airport Express train, compares with a room-only rate of HK$1,988 per night at the Four Seasons and HK$1,650 per room per night at the W Hotel.

Mr Jensch expected outbound travel from the mainland to remain strong next year despite the global financial woes and that business travellers from there would represent about half of his hotel's guests.

As a key component of the Airport Authority's HK$2 billion SkyCity project, the new hotel is the latest piece of infrastructure completed among two office towers, shops, restaurants and a golf course on the land adjacent to the AsiaWorld-Expo convention centre.

The new Marriott is the second hotel at the airport, after the Regal Airport hotel.

Mr Jensch expected business to be brisk after the completion of a nearby Skypier ferry terminal next year and the planned Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

Separately, boutique hotel and serviced apartment operator Lanson Place said room rates might come under pressure in the next 12 to 18 months, but it remained positive on the outlook and would continue to expand its coverage despite the challenging environment.

Vice-chairman Andreas Hofer said the average occupancy rate for its five serviced apartment blocks and hotels in Asia stood at about 90 per cent, at monthly rentals of US$5,000 to US$8,000, and tenants were mainly senior executives with long leases of one to two years.

Lily Ng, a vice-president of hotel consultant firm Jones Lang LaSalle, said business had slowed at hotels in Hong Kong and on the mainland this year as companies tightened travel budgets.

"Fewer people are travelling on business, and those who travel are spending less," she said.

"High-end hotels are experiencing the most impact. Leisure travel has also seen a decline, as people are more cautious about spending on holidays and trips."
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That's the new hotel eh? Looks good.
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Wow

They're directly competing against the REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL there.

Interesting
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 01:25 PM   #29
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Wow

They're directly competing against the REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL there.

Interesting
But the Regal is right next to the terminal, whereas the Marriott is quite a long walk away (I presume there will be a shuttle).
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A veteran journalist and Baptist University academic, Tim looks at the issues facing the city.

3 December 2008
South China Morning Post

There has been a steady trickle of mail on the South China Morning Post's letters page calling for an early start to the enlargement of the airport terminal. This is curious. This is not a topic that seems to be much discussed in streets, bars or buses.

Clearly one of two things is happening. It may be that some person or organisation with a stake in an airport extension is organising a surreptitious campaign. Or this may be a popular topic for those English-writing exercises beloved of local schools.

Anyway, readers who wish to make their minds up on this issue will have to do so with no help from me. I do not mind whether they build an extension or not. If they do though, they should make sure that none of the work is entrusted to anyone who was connected with the construction of Terminal 2.

There is a saying in the soft drinks business that it is the last gulp people remember. This was considered a good excuse for keeping the bottles quite small, because this ensured that when you finished the drink, it was still cold. Now, in rather the same way, it does not matter too much what the airport looks like to arriving passengers. Their first impression will soon be swamped by other encounters in Hong Kong.

Actually, the arrival at Chek Lap Kok has none of the drama of the departure. The arrivals hall is under the departure level so you cannot see the roof. The arrival impresses, if it impresses at all, with its efficiency.

Those of us whose thumbprints are known to the Immigration Department can, with luck, be haggling with our illegal taxi driver a mere 30 minutes after the undercarriage hits the tarmac.

For the departing passenger, the airport is a last distinctive encounter with Hong Kong, the one he or she will take away as a lasting memory. This is a happy thought in the case of those passengers who leave through Terminal 1, a signed masterwork by Norman Foster. It manages delightfully to remind you both of a Victorian railway station and a futuristic spaceport, so that according to your mood, you can imagine yourself catching the 7.45 to Bristol Temple Meads or the 9.00 to Mars. The stroll down the main spine is one of Hong Kong's great walks.

I expect we paid a bit extra for Sir Norman's drawings. If you doubt that it was worth it, take a stroll over to Terminal 2, a sort of ghetto used mainly by airlines you have never heard of, flying planes barely bigger than a tunnel bus.

Terminal 2's only claim to fame is that, even by Hong Kong's normal standards, it is seriously ugly. I hesitate to be so rude about someone else's work, but what was the architect thinking? Did he hunch over his workbench at midnight, pouring his heart and soul into the work, cherishing the thought that Terminal 2 would do for him what the Sistine Chapel did for Michelangelo, St Paul's for Christopher Wren? Or did he look inwardly at the greed and indifference of his patrons, who wanted nothing more than a large box filled with the largest possible number of shops?

That, at least, is what they got. The terminal is a station trying to be a shopping mall. Not so much gold-medal architecture as Golden Shopping Arcade. It achieves a unique combination of size and inconvenience. Most of the shops sell expensive women's clothing, so despite their large number, it is difficult to find basic travel requirements. The outside has all the discreet charm of a Bulgarian crematorium; the inside has the warm, engaging atmosphere of a Sham Shui Po public toilet.

Once you have checked in, the shops stop and you walk through bare naked corridors to a small driverless underground train. This takes you across to Fosterburg, but you do not see much of Sir Norman's efforts. You are directed to a large underlit hall that looks like a bus station waiting room.

And this, in effect, is what it is. Small, unfashionable airliners are not allowed to nuzzle the teats of the main terminal. They are marooned on a windswept wasteland near the control tower. You reach them by bus and board in the old Casablanca style via a set of mobile steps. Frankly, this is a thoroughly depressing experience, especially for those of us who have done it the other way. What first-time visitors make of it, I hate to think.

What is to be done? I suppose we could try to pick up the bygone-days theme, put the ground staff in '40s uniforms and insist that the unfashionable airlines deploy craft with propellers. Or airships.

Clearly it is too late to demolish the whole tragic mess and start again. But let us at least avoid making the same mistake twice. We have seen what the Terminal 2 team can do and it is horrible. Let someone else have a go.
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機管局研新跑道 擬年中提報告
11 February 2009
香港經濟日報

【本報訊】機場管理局行政總裁許漢忠表示,香港是否興建第3條跑道,預期顧問將於今年中就整體規劃提交報告。

另外,盡管去年全年計客運及貨運數據似乎持平,但他指出,金融海嘯的打擊於年初始浮現,他希望這僅是中短期的困難,並指基礎建設大方向並無影響。

去年數據持平 未反映海嘯衝擊

機管局2008年全年計,貨運及客運分別跌3.1%及上升1.7%,但首季數字並不樂觀。由於航空公司經營困難,許漢忠指有人提出要求機管局調減起降費並不奇怪,但因涉及公帑,機管局雖無既定立場,但始㚵要顧慮社會大眾。

他表示,由2000年至今,機管局的起降費一直有15%的優惠。

早前有報道指內地海南航空持有的香港航空及香港快運,拖欠機管局停泊及起降費,涉及5,000萬元。許漢忠表示,所涉金額未及5,000萬元,但希望欠款數目可不斷降低。

許漢忠形容機管局於2003年公布的發展計劃,至今已完成得「七七八八」。至於香港是否興建第3條跑道,顧問將於今年中就整體規劃提交報告。

不過,就興建第3條跑道而委任外界顧問就環境影響及工程等可行性報告,於去年已展開,須於2010年才會完成。
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Expo boss aims for center stage
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It may be a little way from the city center, but AsiaWorld-Expo is going the distance in a bid to grab a slice of the exhibition market.

Apart from making travel to and from the venue easier and improving its amenities, the convention and exhibition center on Lantau has already lined up three public shows this year, hosting the Asia International Arts and Antiques Fair in May, and the International Pet and Accessory Expo and Family Expo between July 31 and August 2.

Chief executive Allen Ha Wing-on told The Standard there is room for the venue to develop as a consumer trading platform rather than only hosting business-to-business events.

He noted the success of the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo in Victoria Park last December, which drew 2.16 million people and HK$270 million in business over its three weeks. He also praised the computer festival and IT show in Sham Shui Po in December, which attracted 450,000 people and a turnover of HK$230 million in only four days.

AsiaWorld-Expo has partnered with the Citybus and Long Win bus companies to provide two nonstop express routes between Tsim Sha Tsui and Tai Wan on days when concerts, large- scale conferences and public exhibitions are being held. Tickets are HK$22 and HK$26.20 for a single trip. The cost of an Airport Express same- day round-trip from Hong Kong Station has been cut to HK$48.

Ha said Hong Kong should consolidate its position as a leading meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition hub to take advantage of a decline in exhibitions at American and European convention cities. "Right now it's time for Hong Kong to focus on branding itself and improving the quality of MICE services," he said.

Although he admitted that some trade shows cancelled their events, bookings overall are still satisfactory.

The center is including more value-added services in its packages to attract high-quality events. "We don't want just any shows. We want convention-goers to relate Hong Kong with professional and high-quality shows. The Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress is among the highly prestigious shows we need to retain," Ha said.

It has also converted one hall into a conference room and enlarged its food and beverage department to accommodate expanding meetings and hospitality services, including wedding banquets.
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AsiaWorld-Expo says time ripe to expand its facilities
23 April 2009
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

HONG KONG: Studies should now be undertaken on the feasibility of expanding the convention and exhibition complex adjacent to Hong Kong's airport, AsiaWorld-Expo Management Ltd Chief Executive Officer Allen Ha said yesterday.

He said the company, which operates the complex, expects to generate more business activity as work on several major infrastructure projects, close to the airport, get completed over the coming years.

These projects include the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge and the Hong Kong-Shenzhen airport link.

"We expect to generate more business after the completion of this bridge," he said.

"We should now actively explore possibilities for expansion (of our facilities) with infrastructure projects set for completion ahead," he said.

He said international trade fairs at the AsiaWorld-Expo complex accounted for about 30 percent of the total convention and exhibition business generated by Hong Kong in 2007.

Events held at AsiaWorld-Expo provided some HK$8 billion in economic benefits to the city in that year.

Ha said AsiaWorld-Expo has been ready for expansion since the complex started operating in 2006.

Under proposed expansion for the complex, six exhibition halls, covering 100,000 square meters, are to be added to existing premises. The proposed expansion has met the environmental and town planning specifications, Ha said.

The construction of the first phase of the exhibition venue, covering 70,000 square meters of area, cost HK$2.35 billion.

Ha said government approval is necessary to kick off any expansion.

The time is ripe to study ways and means of expanding AsiaWorld-Expo's premises, he said.

He said travel time between Hong Kong's airport and Zhuhai will be cut to 30 minutes after the completion of a bridge linking the city to Zhuhai and Macao.

This will help boost the volume of trade exhibition activity that the complex will generate, he said.

Sarah Benecke, executive director of events organizer Global Sources, said AsiaWorld-Expo already needs an expansion of its existing premises.

More than 70 percent of the exhibitors at events held at AsiaWorld-Expo are from China, especially the southern provinces.

"It takes two years of planning to develop a new show," she said. "If we don't know what space is available, it is difficult for us to plan."

She added that other mainland cities, such as Shenzhen and Shanghai, are also rapidly strengthening their trade exhibition businesses.

Global Sources General manager Tommy Wong said their firm has recorded a 35 percent year-on-year increase in the number of exhibitors who will participate in a trade fair that will showcase baby and child products.

He said the market for baby and children products will remain vibrant even as parents tighten their spending on their children's needs even amid a global recession.
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學者指港英政府當日錯誤選址 埋下惡果
20 April 2009
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香港機場是否興建第三條跑道成為目前棘手的問題,也勾起當日興建機場時就選址問題引發的激烈爭拗。令人不禁提出港英政府選擇在赤鱲角興建機場是否一個錯誤?

屬政治選擇

其實,早在一九九二年機場正式動工之前,本港不少學者就已經向當時港英政府提出,選址赤鱲角建設國際機場並不客觀科學,認為可以選擇在新界興建。後來事實證明,隨著航線的增多、飛機種類的變化,機場的局限逐漸顯現。

浸會大學當代中國研究所教授、機場問題研究專家薛鳳旋,也是當時反對選址的學者之一,他表示,選址赤鱲角是一項政治選擇,香港其實有不止一處地方適合興建國際機場,而港英政府不願意另選他處,是因為一旦重新選址,牽涉繁瑣複雜的前期調查研究工作,這樣機場興建工程必定不能在一九九七年前完工。

耗資二百億美元,面積是啟德舊機場四倍的赤鱲角機場,是港英政府在一九八九年十月,在港督衛奕信施政報告中提出,預計在一九九七年六月三十日前竣工啟用。因為工程花費耗大,當時中央政府已明確表態,希望香港的基建量力而行,不能「你請客,我付錢」。薛鳳旋就形容,赤鱲角機場是全世界最昂貴的機場,機場所有工程及設置,其建造價格都為市場價格的一至二倍,「當時英國人一定要趕在九七回歸前把機場建好,就是看重這筆龐大的施建利潤。」事隔十多年,薛鳳旋依然憤憤不平地說。

浮動跑道造價昂貴

興建第三條跑道現在要付出沉重的代價,可以說正是當日種下的苦果。目前香港機場的南、北跑道相隔約一公里,各長三千八百米,闊六十米,如果新跑道規模相若,保守估計,填海面積最少為二十三公頃,相等於一點四個維多利亞公園。

中山大學港澳珠三角研究所教授鄭天祥就表示,過去香港興建二條機場跑道要花費數百億元,現在投資費用肯定有增無減,第三條跑道因為涉及深海填海,工程造價也可能高達七百億元。

民航署前署長樂鞏南也曾估計,新跑道起碼等於機場第一期工程的五百億元。有學者甚至不排除造價可能高達一千億元。

日本和美國正計劃在日本沖繩修建一條大型軍用海上浮動飛機跑道,造價達到五千億日圓(折合港幣逾三百九十億元)。假設將來香港機場第三條跑道採用浮動的形式,民用機場跑道的標準相應提高後,造價也肯定昂貴很多。

建第三條跑道意見不一

對於香港是否應該興建第三條跑道,學者持有不同的意見。香港中文大學航空政策研究中心馮嘉耀教授相信,香港機場在國際網路和管理優勢方面,是廣州白雲機場難以比擬的。不過,讓他擔心的是,香港機場正面臨日趨飽和的難題, 故贊同應興建第三跑道。

不過,薛鳳旋則認為,沒有必要。他解釋道,香港機場雖然在工程條件上可以修建四條跑道,然而,一個被忽略的問題是,跑道能建,但空域不夠。「再增加一條跑道,使用率只會增至一點六至一點七條,等於讓耗資百億元的跑道天天曬太陽。」薛鳳旋進一步解釋說,從工程的角度,興建第三條跑道需要進行深海填海,不僅阻滯航道,而且影響海洋生物環境,日後將出現諸多後遺症。他相信,建第三條跑道反會因為成本高昂而降低競爭力■
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I guess in this 薛鳳旋's opinion HKG should probably become a regional and like Guangzhou be the only int'l airport. What a load.
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I still don't see how a region with so many people can only support 1 major international airport. This is not a 1 and only 1 question.
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I agree. If the population of east coast US needs all these airports that already exist, plus a constant demand for expansions, I don't see why the Pearl River Delta can only sustain 1.

And the argument that the sky is too crowded is so bogus. By her logic the entire northeast US should only have JFK, and maybe the entire southern England should only have LHR.
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