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 February 13, 2013
State-of-the-Art Kai Tak Cruise Terminal In Hong Kong Creates Stunning Gateway To Asia

 The opening of Hong Kong's new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in June looks set to herald a new chapter in the city's maritime history and enhance its status as being one of Asia's leading cruise hubs and top tourism destinations.

Situated mid-way along the world-famous Victoria Harbour with dramatic views of the spectacular skyline, the US$1 billion terminal is destined to become a stunning new gateway to welcome visitors to city, already high on the must-see list for cruise travellers because of its unique east-west cultural fusion and cosmopolitan appeal.

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) chairman James Tien said the terminal would further cement the city's reputation as Asia's World City and a world-class destination with an extensive array of diverse attractions to entice and entertain travellers of all ages.

The new terminal, designed by Lord Norman Foster, is situated on the site of the runway of the Hong Kong's old Kai Tak Airport. Boasting a spectacular view of the harbour, skyscraper buildings and a backdrop of sweeping hills, the terminal will feature two berths which will open in two phases in mid 2013 and 2014.

Each berth will be able to accommodate the biggest cruise vessels in the world, while the three-story terminal building will be able to clear 3,000 passengers an hour through immigration and customs channels and will feature modern and light-filled service areas and waiting halls and a beautiful landscaped roof garden.

According to Kenneth Wong, HKTB's General Manager of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) and Cruise, the new terminal will further enhance Hong Kong's appeal as a destination and give arriving guests a stunning first impression of an exciting port of call.

"This (arrival) will be just a complementary appetizer, so to speak, because the 'wow' factor will not end there," he said. "In fact, the arrival will just be the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime experience in our city."