HK wins nod in cruise magazine poll


A poll British cruise magazine Dream World Cruise Destinations organised has voted Hong Kong as one of the destinations in the categories of Best Destination Experience – Independent Sightseeing and Best Turnaround Destination.

Welcoming the awards, Tourism Board Chairman James Tien said they prove the industry and tourists again recognise Hong Kong’s position as a cruise destination.

Cruise liners’ total ship calls last year exceeded 1,110, while total cruise passenger throughput was more than 620,000, up 52% over a year earlier.

“In the past two years, three biggest cruise companies in the world – Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd and Star Cruises – have made Hong Kong their home port and reaped much success,” Mr Tien said.

“In the coming two years, we will continue to work closely with the Government and cruise terminal operators to attract more cruise companies to base in Hong Kong to further foster cruise business,” he added.