Worldwide Cruise Terminals and Taiwan International Ports Corporation Sign
Wide-Ranging Cooperation Agreement to Develop Asia Cruise Economy
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, August 26, 2013
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, August 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Representatives of Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT), which manages the new Kai
Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong, and of Taiwan International Ports
Corporation (TIPC), which manages seven international ports in Taiwan, have
today signed a letter of intent for wide-ranging cooperation to develop the
cruise-related economy in East Asia.
Major focus areas of the agreement are to encourage cruise lines to develop
itineraries including Hong Kong and Taiwan, and to promote policies that give
impetus to marine passenger transport. The two companies will also exchange
marine transport information and techniques, undertake joint sales and
promotion of the passenger transportation business, and exchange personnel and
visits to share operational and management experience.
Jeff Bent, Managing Director of WCT, said: "We are delighted to have this
opportunity to work together with TIPC to jointly develop the cruise industry
in our region. Promotion of cruise destinations is a team game in which
nearby ports of call must work closely together to raise service standards and
jointly attract more cruise lines to visit. We are fortunate to have found a
partner in TIPC that operates an extensive range of attractive ports of call,
enabling cruise lines to create a diverse selection of itineraries."
Kuo-Ming Chang, Vice President of TIPC, added: "We look forward to cooperating
with WCT to jointly promote the many attractions of our respective ports, and
to develop the cruise economy of East Asia. Hong Kong is both an exciting
destination and a wonderful launch pad for Chinese and international visitors
to visit Taiwan and ports beyond. We look forward to a mutually beneficial
partnership in the years to come."
Worldwide Cruise Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited, founded in 2012, is dedicated
to the management and operation of Hong Kong's new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and
the development of Hong Kong as a cruise port. Its shareholders are local and
international transportation and cruise experts Worldwide Flight Services
(60%), Shun Tak Holdings Limited (20%), and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., established in 2012, manages all
ports in Taiwan. TIPC has branch ports at Kao-Hsiung, Keelung, Tai-Chung, and
Hua-Lien, integrated into a Taiwan port group. TIPC aims to increase ports'
efficiency, improve customer services, and enhance global competitiveness for
further business development.
Contact: Jamie Roche PR, Tel: +44(0)1344631883
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