New venues added for ICYF
Published: Monday, 06 August 2018
Hong Kong’s first International Cruise and Yachting Festival (ICYF), scheduled to be held from November 22-25, has added the China Merchants Wharf and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum as new venues on top of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.
(Photo: Kara Yeung, HKCYIA Executive Director)
The four-day festival will bring together global cruise and yacht brands, with interesting activity programmes like exhibitions, forums and conferences that feature Cruising and Yachting, Maritime Lifestyle, Marine and Leisure Tourism, and Education and Employment.
Organised by the Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA), with the support of the China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) and the China Merchants Group (CMG), the event will promote public understanding of Hong Kong’s waters and the sustainable development of the industry in southern China. It will also be in line with the development of the Greater Bay Area initiative that integrates Hong Kong, Macau, and nine Guangdong cities for an upgraded economy.
The CCYIA is a non-profit organisation to promote long-term development of Hong Kong’s cruise and yacht industry, while the CMG, which operates 53 ports in 20 countries and districts, is a Fortune Global 500-listed Chinese maritime services group.
Kara Yeung, HKCYIA Executive Director, said: “With its unique venues on both sides of the harbour, the festival will become a propeller for Hong Kong’s future developments as the economy will be further entwined with the maritime industry.
“With the emergence of opportunities that will be available under the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the rapid development of global cruise and yacht industry, the ICYF is expected to help promote Hong Kong’s economy in another perspective, covering leisure tourism, shipping and logistics, retail and shopping, finance and insurance.”
The additional venues will provide the much-needed space to enable participants to showcase their products and services along the harbourfront, she continued.