Kai Tak Celebreation

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals achieved further significant milestones in 2016. It doubled the number of lines welcomed from nine in 2015 to 18 in 2016. Over 70% of ship calls in 2016 were turnarounds, with 95 ship calls in total, yielding more than 370,000 passengers over 120 ship-days.

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was named one of three finalists for the ‘Seatrade Cruise Awards 2016 Port of the Year Award’. It was the first Asian finalist for this prestigious award. WCT
was also recognized with an award for the Best IT Management by the Chinese Cruise & Yacht Industry Association, and received numerous local awards for environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, which opened in mid-2013, has since provided quality terminal facilities and services to a host of cruise ships from multiple lines, and has delivered cruise experiences for over 730,000 cruise traveler visits.

“The Port of the Year Award is an industry tribute, providing further motivation for our team to continue scaling new heights,” said Jeff Bent, managing director of WCT. “This award is a great achievement for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and will help solidify the city’s status as a home port of choice for connecting to regional destinations such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and beyond.”

Kai Tak now offers free shuttle buses to nearby malls and MTR stations, and paid shuttles to the airport express station with airline check-in and luggage consignment up to 24 hours in
advance, and the railway station with frequent trains to Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, and other points north. Two further Tesla superchargers were added for a total of six at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal car park, the first location for Tesla Superchargers in Hong Kong.

Public minibus and bus service frequencies were enhanced, and the newly renovated Kai Tak Runway Park Ferry Pier commenced service in late March 2016, giving local visitors and cruise passengers additional options of shore excursion programs via ferry, chartered ferry
service, and regularly scheduled ferry services to Kai Tak from North Point and Kwun Tong.

WCT received numerous local awards for environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility in 2016. These included Caring Company 2016 (awarded by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service for commitment to building a cohesive society through caring
for the community, employees and the environment), Corporate Citizenship Young Power Award 2016 (Awarded by the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education of the HKSAR for active promotion and continuous participation in CSR initiatives), Hong Kong Outstanding
Corporate Citizenship Logo Award 2016 (awarded by the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education of the HKSAR for notable CSR performance and volunteering work), Energywi$e Certificate 2016 (awarded by the Hong Kong Green Organisation for achieving a
detailed standard and prescribed number of goals in energy saving), FoodEver Award Platinum Class 2016 (awarded by the Hong Kong Environmental Campaign Committee for outstanding leadership and commitment to reduce food waste), HSBC Certificate of Excellence — Green Achievement Award 2016 (awarded by HSBC for overall excellence in
environmental management), IAQwi$e Certificate 2016 (awarded by the Hong Kong Green Organisation for achieving a detailed standard and prescribed number of goals in the improvement of indoor air quality), Indoor Air Quality Certificate — Excellent Class 2016 (awarded by the Environmental Protection Department for fully complying with the excellent class of indoor air quality objectives), Social Capital Builder Award 2016 (awarded by the Labour and Welfare Bureau of the HKSAR for continued contributions to the development of
social capital in Hong Kong), Wastewi$e Certificate 2016 (awarded by the Hong Kong Green Organisation for achieving a detailed standard and prescribed number of goals in waste reduction).

Jeff Bent stated in recognition of the achieved awards, “Being responsible to
the environment and being active in our community is one of our top priorities and we will continue to invest time and effort into building social capital.”

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal served as the venue for many compelling public and private functions in 2016, including an International tattoo convention, Tesla customer event with Elon Musk, Mary Kay event, Audemars Piguet event, Volkswagen car display, Austrian Airlines launch, Maxims Group event, T Mall global launch, and a Taiwan education fair. The terminal regularly hosts over 20 weddings and corporate dinners per month at onsite F&B outlets and green spaces.

The outlook for 2017 promises to be another outstanding year, with bookings for double the number of ship calls as 2016, major homeporting deployments by Asian and international lines, more branded events, and further developments at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and its surrounds.

 
       
 
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