WFS wins bid to operate Hong Kong cruise terminal

A CONSORTIUM led by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won the bid to manage and operate the new HK$8.16 billion (US$1.04 billion) cruise terminal at Kai Tak.

The contract, awarded by Hong Kong’s Tourism Commission, is for 10 years. The minority partners in the consortium are Royal Caribbean Cruises and a subsidiary of Shun Tak Holdings.

Due in mid-2013, the terminal is located on the historic runway of the former Kai Tak airport and is designed to accommodate the new class of mega passenger cruiseships, including the largest in operation today, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis.

COO of WFS, Barry D. Nassberg, said: “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to help grow the tourism trade in Hong Kong and look forward to market the terminal to cruise lines around the world. We will work towards creating a passenger experience that sets new standards, in keeping with Hong Kong’s reputation for service excellence.”

Jeff Bent, director for cruise projects at WFS, added: “Hong Kong’s wide variety of cultural, gastronomic, urban, and countryside attractions make it an ideal destination for longhaul and shorthaul travellers alike, and our vast source market in mainland China for cruise passengers is an enduring attraction for cruise lines.”

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