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BLOG: What Hong Kong has in store for Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific participants


Taking place in Hong Kong October 24 October 2023 at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, China, Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific is back in the region as a live event after four years away.

Hong Kong’s iconic cityscape and Victoria Harbour is a leading cruise hub for multiple brands visiting Asia, and ideal location to host Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific’s long-awaited return.

Hong Kong is a modern metropolis with unique character. Here, you can experience a dazzling fusion of cultures and contrasts where East meets West, old meets new and urban meets nature.

Hong Kong is a city with great connectivity and convenience, meaning border-crossing from other cities in Mainland China to Hong Kong and travelling from other destinations in Asia or further afield is very accessible. 

Most importantly, Hong Kong is a world-class destination with so much to offer. Whether you’re seeking a glimpse of authentic Hong Kong heritage or shopping for the latest street fashions, hungry for some Michelin-starred feasting or eager to trek across mountains, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy in this vibrant city.

New developments & attractions in Hong Kong

Along with all-time iconic experiences, a lineup of new and upgraded attractions introduced in the past few years. Most notable among the dozens of new developments are M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District, a complex of Art & Culture; the new sixth-generation Peak Tram, Water World Ocean Park, new night-time show 'Momentous' at Hong Kong Disneyland and enhanced waterfront promenades offering spectacular new ways to admire the renowned Victoria Harbour.

Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2023 participants will be able to enjoy the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival during their visit - an evening event that can’t be missed!

While Hong Kong is world-renowned as a shopper’s paradise and culinary capital, the city’s great outdoors also offers an exciting array of adventures for travellers and Sai Kung is arguably one of the best scenic escapes in Hong Kong. The district attracts nature lovers and water-sport junkies who come to enjoy the different sides of HK with sweeping mountain views, gorgeous beaches, scenic trails, marine parks, the Hong Kong UNESCO Geopark and all sorts of water sports. 

Read more about the many unique Hong Kong experiences here:

Excellent Connectivity and Opportunities

Hong Kong is not only a welcoming destination. More importantly, it is a regional homeport, with excellent connectivity and opportunities. Hong Kong, as part of the dynamic Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), also offers cruise companies excellent opportunities to develop cruise products and attract visitors from southern mainland cities, travelling via the iconic Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macao Bridge or the High Speed Rail. We are not merely talking about the potential of 7 million people in Hong Kong, but a population of 86 million in the GBA as one of the source markets.

Currently, Hong Kong has connections with 220 destinations, is visa-free to nationals of 160+ countries and is within a five-hour flight radius for half of the global population. The capacity of the HK International Airport will further enlarge by the third runway. By 2023, the HKIA will be able to handle an extra 30 million passengers a year. With the city’s superb flight network, Hong Kong presents unlimited market potential for cruising, delivering endless possibilities for developing alluring fly-cruise turnaround itineraries for both short-haul and long-haul markets.

Cruise Update

Situated in a prime location in Asia, cruise travellers can sail conveniently to or from Asia’s most exotic and vibrant destinations. Southbound to Sanya, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia and northbound to Mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, etc. Since the beginning of 2023, Hong Kong’s cruise scene has witnessed a strong comeback.

In January 2023, Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit became the first international cruise ship to return to Hong Kong’s water after a three-year hiatus, marking a positive restart for Hong Kong’s cruise tourism after the Government eased most of the anti-pandemic measures.

Another testimony that signifies Hong Kong’s undiminished strength as a regional cruise hub was the arrival of four international cruise ships in Hong Kong on 9 March. Visiting Hong Kong on the same day, TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 5 and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2 plus Silversea Cruises' Silver Muse as well as Resorts World One of Resorts World Cruises, bringing a large number of international visitors to the city. Read more here.

Meanwhile, Resorts World Cruises confirmed a year-round homeport deployment in Hong Kong with Resorts World One from March 2023 onwards, offering three departures from Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on a weekly basis. Read more here.

Hong Kong has a daily average of about 92,000 visitors. Cumulatively, about 13 million arrivals were recorded in the first half of 2023. The HKTB expects Hong Kong's tourism will continue to recover steadily in the second half of the year. Hong Kong's cruise ship market is expected to witness a healthy growth rate in the coming years as well. As of 19 July, Hong Kong has secured 160+ cruise calls from 18 cruise lines in 2023

TAGS: Asia