Blending maritime essentials with cruise and yachting
Embracing the new era and looking forward to 2019
【Hong Kong – 25 November 2018】The first-ever festival, International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) 2018 (ICYFHK 2018) organized by Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA), held at the China Merchants Wharf (CMW) in the Western – Main Venue from 22 to 25 November 2018. The festival included Opening Ceremony in CMW and Opening Dinner in Central Pier 7 Watermark on 22 November, Conference and Forum in Central Pier 8 the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) and Italian Night in CMW on 23 November and Information Day in HKCYIA office (The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal) from 23 to 24 November. Advanced online registration of all programs are required.
The festival opening was leaded by Hong Kong Sea School Marching and lit up by six guests, including Ms. Kara Yeung – Executive Director of Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Association, Mr. Zheng Weihang – Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary General of China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association, Mr. Li JinYi – Assistant General Manager of China Merchants Godown, Wharf & Transportation Co., Ltd., Ms. Tenmy Kong – Senior Vice President of DBS Private Bank, Mr. Leo Poon – Vice President of Breguet HK and Macau, and Mr Cowen B C Chiu, MH – President of Board of Management of Hong Kong Sea School & Committee Member of Windsurfing Association of Hong Kong to witness the new milestone of the Hong Kong cruise and yacht industry.
Aims of the organiser are raising public awareness of the cruise and yachting industries and promoting the trades in the Greater Bay Area. With the full support of sponsors, partners and exhibitors, ICYFHK 2018 brings together yachts & cruise, water sports, lifestyle, tourism and cruise & yachting career opportunities through exhibition, conference and forums to let guests of all ages experience the lure of the sea.
The first step of this year, ICYFHK2018 was consummated and still has to improve, but it is significance to the cruise and yacht industry of China and Hong Kong. The organisers look forward to the International Cruise and Yacht Festival (Hong Kong) 2019 and the confidence of all parties.
At China Merchants Wharf – Festival Main Venue
11:00 – 20:00 on 22 – 25 November 2018
Exhibition – Luxurious Yachts
In the Festival Main Venue, luxury yacht brands showcased a number of yachts on land. Asia Yachting Ltd. exhibited Prestige 520, Monterey 224FS、Nautique GS22 and Scarab Jet Boat 165. Prestige 520 intergrades all features of new model of PRESTIGE collection which offers multiple zones for relaxing in comfort.
Tullio Abbate Group Srl, was established in 1875, showcased Mito 33’ and Elite 27’ in the festival. Since they won a number of European rowing race, they have become one of the leader of Rowing Manufacturing Factory in Europe and also manufactured rowing with Ferrari, Lamborghini and AMG Factory in cooperation.
Columbus Yachts Ltd. exhibited PEGAZUS 560 and TEXAS 490 in the festival . PEGAZUS 560 is specially designed for fishing enthusiast, with eight fishing rod holders and live fish storage boxes.
Exhibition – Luxurious Concepts
FIPA Group Asia Pacific, in cooperation with the CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding, provided professional made-to-order yacht information on-site for visitors.
OMNIA MARINE Co.,Ltd., Italian yacht brand in Europe, introduced the signature yacht – Sessa FLY42 of Sessa Marine Collection which is blended by simplicity and practicality of American yachts and the style and quality of Italian yachts.
NextWave Yachting showcased some popular water sports equipment, including underwater scooters, water motorcycles, electric hydrofoil surfboards, electric surfboards and water bouncers.
Marine Link Machinery Co., Ltd., an authorized distributor of MAN High Speed Marine Engines and KOHLER Marine Generators, displayed some yacht engines.
Seakeeper Inc. showcased its ground-breaking gyro stabilizer – Seakeeper 3.
Ocean Blue Marine Co. Ltd. provided information on yacht repair and maintenance services.
MovingShow can let players experience underwater world with its 5D dynamic virtual reality scuba diving simulator.
At the same time, five supercars were also displayed, including (i) Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo, (ii) Lamborghini Huracan Performante Coupe, (iii) Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, (iv) a unit of special Pagani Huayra Dinastia. The Huayra Dinastia, which is limited to production of three units worldwide, was turn heads.
COLOURLIVING displayed its unique line of luxurious Paola Lenti furniture and rugs crafted from natural wool felt for indoor and outdoor environments that brings personality, happiness and lifestyle to yachting.
Opening Ceremony (at China Merchants Wharf in the Western)
16:00 – 17:00 on 22 November 2018 (Thursday)
Ms. Kara YEUNG, Executive Director of HKCYIA, delivered a welcoming speech and rolled out her future development plan at the occasion.
Opening Dinner (at Watermark, Central Pier 7)
starting at 18:00 on 22 November 2018 (Thursday)
Guests by invitation attended the official opening dinner at Watermark with spectacular 270° panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour.
Conference (At the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier 8)
09:30 – 17:30 on 23 November 2018 (Friday)
Forums and discussions, focusing on yachting topics and industrial development, were held by overseas and local industrial practitioners. Furthermore, guests witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony that MoUs between HKCYIA and several overseas yachting associations were sealed.
Italian Night (at China Merchants Wharf in the Western)
18:00 – 21:00 on 23 November 2018 (Friday)
Guests by invitation attended the Italy Night; DJ Copan Kasten, the Rising Star in Asia, took the stage.
International Cruise Industry Information Seminar & Information Day (at Office of HKCYIA, The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal)
11:00 – 12:30 and 15:00 – 16:30 hours on 23 November 2018 & 14:00 – 17:00 hours on 24 November 2018
This seminar on cruise industry career prospects and progressions was held at HKCYIA office on 23 November; it was designated for academic groups or institutions. Information day on cruise industry career prospects and progressions was also held at HKCYIA office on 24 November; it was designated for the general public.
STCW Training Information Day (at Maritime Service Training Institute)
10:00 – 16:30 hours on 23 – 24 November 2018
Information Day of STCW training was made readily available at Maritime Service Training Institute (MSTI) during the MSTI Open Days on 23 November.
ICYFHK 2018 is the first ICYF ever held in Hong Kong. With this annual event in place, the maritime industries in Hong Kong enters a new era. The organizer acknowledges the support of DBS Private Bank and the world-renowned Swiss watch brand Breguet for sponsoring ICYFHK 2018; official venue partners are the China Merchants Wharf and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum; official insurance consultant is Voyager Financial Group; the media partners are Asia Pacific Boating and OCEANWAY.
ICYFHK2018 was supported by various sectors of organisation and consummated. It still has to improve in the first step of this year, but it is significance to the cruise and yacht industry of China and Hong Kong. The organiser looks forward to the International Cruise and Yacht Festival (Hong Kong) 2019 and the confidence of all parties.
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Hong Kong’s first-ever cruise and yachting event, International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) 2018, has added the China Merchants Wharf in the Western and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum in the Central, to become its venues for the upcoming November Event.
The Festival (ICYF), scheduled to be held from November 22 to 25, will bring together global cruise and yacht brands and boats in a mega event that will include an interesting activity program that features Cruising and Yachting, Maritime Lifestyle, Marine and Leisure Tourism, as well as Education and Employment. With the aim of promoting public understanding of Hong Kong’s waters and the sustainable development of the industry in the south China region, a series of informative and fun-filled activities will be arranged, ranging from exhibitions, forums, conferences to maritime-themed activities.
As the first mega event to be held in Hong Kong’s city centre, the four-day Festival will highlight the beauties of the iconic Victoria Harbour with a multi-perspective presentation of maritime activities on both sides of the harbour, including the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the China Merchants Wharf in Western and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Central Ferry Piers).
The Event is organised by the Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA), with the support of the China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) and the China Merchants Group (CMG). The CCYIA has been a long-time partner of the China Communications and Transportation Association (CCTA) in advancing the development of the cruise and yacht industry and helping global brands to enter the China and Hong Kong markets. The CMG, which operates 53 ports in 20 countries and districts, is one of China’s leading maritime services group and is listed in the Fortune Global 500 list.
With the support of the CCYIA and CMG, the Festival is expected to gain the support of the maritime services industry by providing a platform for sustainable growth and business development. This will also be in line with the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Project which is designed to explore and develop the enormous market opportunities arising from the increasing links between China and Hong Kong with the global maritime industry.
Kara Yeung, HKCYIA Executive Director, said “With its unique venues on both sides of the harbour, the Festival will become a propeller for Hong Kong’s future developments as the economy will be further entwined with the maritime industry. With the emergence of opportunities that will be available under the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the rapid development of global cruise and yacht industry, the ICYF is expected to help promote Hong Kong’s economy in another perspective, covering leisure tourism, shipping and logistics, retail and shopping, finance and insurance.”
The additional venues will provide the much-needed space to enable participants can showcase their products and services in convenient and natural settings along the harbourfront, she said.
To promote Hong Kong’s natural coastal setting and the scenic beauties of its many islands, the Festival is also aimed at promoting Hong Kong as a preferred destination for Island Tourism in southern China. During the Festival, the organiser has plans to provide shuttle ferries to provide visitors with a direct encounter with the pleasures at sea.
For more festival details, please visit the website: www.ICYFHK.com.
About Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA)
Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) is an organization of cruise and yacht industry practitioners working together as a united force to promote the long-term development of the cruise industry. With the aim of enhancing the Hong Kong cruise industry’s competitiveness in the international market, HKCYIA is committed to fostering co-operations between local and global cruise communities. HKCYIA recognizes the importance of cultivating young talents through providing professional training and recruitment services to promote careers in maritime services.
Website: www.hkcyia.org | Tel: (852) 2180 0723
Address: 301 South, Rooftop Garden, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong