Off to a good start for tourism sector as cruise to nowhere commences
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah described cruise to nowhere as an extension of local tours and a good start for the tourism sector after 18 months of “freezing winter.”
Genting Dream, operated by Dream Cruises, will set sail tonight at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and spend three days at international waters.
Yau, accompanied by lawmaker representing tourism sector Yiu Si-wing, commissioner for tourism Vivian Sum Fong-kwang, chair of the HK Tourism Board Pang Yiu-kai and president of Genting Cruise Lines Kent Zhu Fuming, attended the re-opening ceremony today.
Yau, speaking at the ceremony, described the last 18 months as a “freezing winter” for the traveling industry.
He also said that although there will only be around 1,000 passenger traveling on board in this first cruise to nowhere, it is still a good start for the industry.
Yau added that as only Hong Kong residents are allowed to travel on board and they will only stay on the ship, cruise to nowhere could somehow be counted as an extension of local tours.
He also believed that cruise to nowhere can offer Hongkongers another traveling choice.