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sea shores CRUISIN’ HONG KONG SIR NORMAN FOSTER-DESIGNED KAI TAK CRUISE TERMINAL OPENS IN VICTORIA HARBOUR IN 2013 Hong Kong’s sleek new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is set to open in mid-2013. The Hong Kong Tourism Board is marketing the terminal above and beyond a cruise port. Designed by luminary architect Sir Norman Foster, the facility incorporates a cool collection of next generation meeting and function spaces overlooking Victoria Harbour and one of the world's most magnificent cityscapes. The marquee venue at Kai Tak Terminal is a 30,000sf rooftop garden, complete with sustainable high-end F&B options and full support services. "Often, large companies are looking for locations with real cache, and this has it for two reasons," says Bill Flora, USA director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. "There's the incredible view of the harbor and skyline. But I also think architectural relevance is very strong these days and brings that cache to events. Being able to say that you’re bringing your group to a building designed by Sir Norman Foster, and especially one as beautiful as this, makes it kind of a special destination for groups." The second berth will open a year later, and the facility will be operated by a consortium including Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The nearest hotel to the terminal is three minutes away. The heart of the city is a 15-minute drive. Eventually, the whole Kai Tak area will be developed into a modern commercial and residential area. Three years ago, the tourism board developed Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong, a one-stop shop assisting planners from around the world. "When there is a convention or meeting coming to Hong Kong, we facilitate the process of organizing the pre- and post event trips," says Anthony Lau, executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. "Hong Kong is the door to China, and merchants from China like to do business in Hong Kong and meet people from overseas in Hong Kong.... The cruise terminal will be another product that we offer and it’ll be one more exciting location for us." It goes without saying that Hong Kong's variety of pre/post cruise itineraries is staggering. You can book something short, such as Sanya or Macau, or sail through the South and East China Seas everywhere from Seoul to Singapore. AFFORDABLE LUXURY For land bookings, Lau and Flora say the destination can be experienced at a variety of budgets. Of the 62,000 rooms, about 2/3 of them are mid-range. "You can stay at some of the best hotels in the world and go to Michelin star restaurants," says Flora. "But the interesting part that is often overlooked is the wide variety of hotels at different price points." Lau adds, "Obviously we have peak seasons with trade shows like any big city. But if you’re talking about comparing Hong Kong to many other world capitals, I think our 5-star hotels are more affordable.... More important is the service that you get in Asia. Our service is just unbeatable." Another thing that helps keep costs down in Hong Kong is the connectivity. There are over 900 flights from gateways around the planet. "And we’re a safe country too," adds Lau. "Even if it’s 3 a.m., you're safe to walk back to your hotel room."—Monica Villar Kai Tak Terminal ”OFTEN, LARGE COMPANIES ARE LOOKING FOR LOCATIONS WITH REAL CACHE, AND THIS HAS CACHE.” 20 | prevue magazine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2012

Sheraton China + Macau
The Peppermill, Reno
Charleston + Denver
CSR with Caesars
Hong Kong's Kai Tak Terminal
Special Section: Europe
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
Affordable Luxury
Frenchman's Reef, USVI
U.S. Gaming Hotels
Caesars/Paris Las Vegas
Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
Iberostar Cancun

Prevue May/June 2012