Two Exciting Terminal Projects Have Caught the Eye of Our Regional Director, Alvin Materi
In recent weeks, not one, but two exciting terminal projects in Asia, one just completed and another just beginning, have caught our attention.
Firstly, the western end of iconic Ocean Terminal has been extended and will be the new gateway to thousands of cruise passengers entering and exiting Hong Kong each year. The new wing features an enhanced check-in and staging area, and boasts a permanent customs and immigration facility for cruise passengers. Until now, temporary customs facilities had been necessary whenever a ship docked at the 51-year-old mixed use retail / cruise center. Further enhancing the guest experience are stunning new outdoor spaces for dining and recreation, which showcase the panorama of Hong Kong¹s stunning harbour.
In Bali, construction has begun on a new passenger cruise terminal and marina development at the port of Benoa. The new facilities will be able to accommodate ships carrying up to 5,000 passengers at a berth of 11-meter depth; the terminal will be capable of handling 2,500 visitors at a time; and the project also includes dredging of the Chanel, Berthing and Turning Basin. Scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018, the project also calls for the development of a Marina for super yachts.
Why are these new terminal projects game changers? Ocean Terminal is recognized as one of the world’s great ports; located in the heart of Kowloon, opposite the Star Ferry and home to the city¹s most vibrant shopping and dining districts. But while this is very appealing, the cruise terminal facilities have always lacked a positive guest experience.
In Bali, the development of a proper terminal and improvements to cater to larger ships will allow for the development of Bali as a home port and will open more possibilities for itinerary planners to explore further reaches of not just Bali, but all of Indonesia.