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Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #43

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ASIA - PACIFIC FACTS & FIGURES Officially opened to traffic at 9:00am on 24 th October 2018, it is simply the longest sea bridge in the world, and is destined to greatly boost business and tourism for Macao, while in itself being a breathtaking structure and achievement. With a total length of 55 kilometres, including a 6.7-km-long underwater tunnel, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HKZM Bridge), situated across the waters of Lingdingyang of Pearl River Estuary, is a mega-size sea crossing linking the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Zhuhai City of Guangdong Province and Macao Special Administrative Region. It consists of a Main Bridge in Mainland waters together with the boundary crossing facilities and link roads within the three places. The functions of the Bridge are to meet the demand of passenger and freight land transport among Hong Kong, the Mainland (particularly the region of Pearl River West) and Macao, to establish a new land transport link between the east and west banks of the Pearl River, and to enhance the economic and sustainable development of the three places. The new link was the first large-scale project developed jointly by the governments NEW LINK… NEW HORIZONS HKZM bridge set to facilitate Macao’s role in international development of the three places it immediately serves, demonstrating the successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle. It also represented a breakthrough moment in terms of the construction techniques used and in terms of the coordination mechanism applied to blend together the work of three places that each had a distinct set of public policies. NEW BOUNDARY CLEARANCE MODEL FOR MACAO-ZHUHAI BORDER The facilities offering border crossing services for passengers and vehicles travelling between Macao, Hong Kong and Zhuhai are open 24 hours a day, with the Customs clearance between Macao and Zhuhai conducted on a “Joint Inspection and One-time Release” principle, the nation's first border clearance model. SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES CONNECT TO MACAO BORDER AND HKIA Shuttle buses are the main public transportation plying the bridge between Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai borders, with the two main routes being the Hong Kong/Zhuhai run and the Hong Kong/ Macao run. The Hong Kong/Macao route - transporting residents and visitors between the Macao border and Hong Kong border - provides about 200 coach trips daily, scheduled to depart every 5 minutes during peak period; 10 to 15 minutes during non-peak period; and 15 to 30 minutes overnight (midnight to 6:00am). Crossborder coaches provide services between the urban areas of Hong Kong and Macao with fixed stopping points, fixed routes and fixed schedules. Meanwhile, the shuttle bus route connecting Hong Kong International Airport and Macao border crossing area provides an alternative route for residents and visitors making their way to Hong Kong International Airport

Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #43 2019 Summer Edition 25 25 FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE EXPANDING IN ASIA-PACIFIC CEO Filip Boyen talks about his organisation’s ambitions and roadmap in the region With the Hong-Kong based Peninsula Hotel group scooping five star honours across its brand for the Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Star Awards, and other hotels earning five-star rating for the first time, like Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Bulgari Resort Bali and Bulgari Hotel Beijing, all eyes are turned to the east when it comes to luxury travel. For several years, Forbes Travel Guide has been enhancing its presence in the region, so we asked the organisation’s CEO, Filip Boyen, to tell us more about their activities there. We consider Asia Pacific a mature market. We entered China with Beijing and now are covering eight cities there, along with nine more countries throughout the Asia Pacific/ Oceania region, including the more recent addition of Vietnam. We do now proudly feature Seoul as a destination on our list, and the city boasts several Star Award recipients, including The Shilla Seoul, a Five-Star award winner. Growth and expansion continues in Asia Pacific, and we will be announcing our first winners for Cambodia. Plus, growth of destinations in the Asia/Oceania region are happening already this year, including the Republic of the Maldives, French Polynesia and New Zealand. It’s less than a year since you’ve been at the helm of Forbes Travel Guide. How are you “fitting in”? My tenure at Forbes Travel Guide has flown by, and it is hard to believe my anniversary will be in November. It has been the most enjoyable time in my career. One of the greatest highlights was Verified, The Forbes Travel Guide Luxury Summit, which had more than 700 attendees, celebrates our annual Star Award winners and offers attendees the opportunity to join a program of informational sessions. Another highlight of my new role was being able to then take the time afterward to set up a schedule of destination visits and see those properties in person. Forbes Travel Guide exists to champion, support and celebrate all those with a passion for extraordinary service and that makes my job incredibly meaningful and enjoyable. What differentiates Forbes Travel Guide? Forbes Travel Guide is the only global, independent luxury ratings association that offers objective, professional incognito evaluations to determine the very best properties in the world. A rating cannot be bought or influenced; we pay for all our own inspections, and the results are determined via a stringent set of standards, that is both geographically and culturally sensitive in application. We are a transparent business and have taken very specific steps over recent years to bring clarity and open dialogue with the industry Filip Boyen CEO, Forbes Travel Guide GROWTH OF DESTINATIONS IN THE ASIA/OCEANIA REGION ARE HAPPENING ALREADY THIS YEAR, INCLUDING THE REPUBLIC OF THE MALDIVES, FRENCH POLYNESIA AND NEW ZEALAND