Hong Kong will be getting its first cruise and yachting event, International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) 2018, from November 22-25, that will bring together global cruise and yacht brands and boats in a programme that features cruising and yachting, maritime lifestyle, marine and leisure tourism, as well as education and employment.
The four-day event aims to promote "public understanding of Hong Kong's waters and the sustainable development of the industry in the south China region" through exhibitions, forums, conferences and maritime-themed activities.
The show will be hosted at venues such as Victoria Harbour, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, China Merchants Wharf and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Central Ferry Piers).
Delegates can expect a range of topics to be covered, including cruising and yachting, maritime lifestyle, marine and leisure tourism and education and employment.
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). 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.
Kara Yeung, HKCYIA's 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."