LIFE­STYLE DES­TI­NA­TION

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - News -

The most ex­cit­ing leisure-cen­tric ad­di­tion how­ever is the ma­jor Skyc­ity de­vel­op­ment, a huge en­ter­tain­ment com­plex to be lo­cated next to Ter­mi­nal 2. The gi­ant 668,000 sqm hub will have five key con­cepts in­clud­ing “cy­ber­tain­ment”, “edu­tain­ment”, a “gourmet king­dom”,“ac­tion and ex­cite­ment” and “events”, plus a solid re­tail el­e­ment.

A teaser video has re­vealed that pas­sen­gers can ex­pect a di­verse range of op­tions, from vir­tual re­al­ity ar­cade games and sim­u­lated sky­div­ing to wa­ter­slides and in­ter­na­tional cuisines. Event groups are also be­ing tar­geted, with new spa­ces to host car prod­uct launches or ex­trav­a­gant con­certs.

Ac­cord­ing to Jack So, Skyc­ity aims to cap­ture broad op­por­tu­ni­ties in tourism and busi­ness, while also pro­vid­ing a dy­namic life­style and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment hub for Hong Kong res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.“Our vi­sion is to cre­ate a new des­ti­na­tion that goes far be­yond the tra­di­tional no­tion of a shop­ping mall,” he says.

The first phase is due to open in 2020, with 195,000 sqm of re­tail, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment space. Skyc­ity will also boast a brand-new air­port ho­tel – the Re­gal Skyc­ity Air­port Ho­tel, which will of­fer 1,200 gue­strooms and suites, a 1,000-guest pil­lar­less ball­room, four restau­rants and other leisure fa­cil­i­ties.

This will join its sis­ter prop­erty, the Re­gal Air­port Ho­tel, the 658-room Skyc­ity Mar­riott Ho­tel (at­tached to the Asia World Expo ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre) and the Novo­tel Ci­ty­gate ho­tel in Tung Chung.

John Gi­rard, Re­gal Ho­tels’ vice pres­i­dent and area gen­eral man­ager for Hong Kong, says: “The new Re­gal Skyc­ity Air­port ho­tel will be an iconic land­mark and pro­vide a dy­namic new des­ti­na­tion ho­tel.”

SHOP­PING SPREE

Reg­u­lar fa­cil­i­ties are also be­ing given a re­vamp in line with a more “ex­pe­ri­en­tial” of­fer­ing. The duty-free shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence re­cently un­der­went a ma­jor shake-up with long­stand­ing op­er­a­tor DFS los­ing its con­tract.

In­stead, the Air­port Author­ity has awarded the duty-free liquor and to­bacco con­ces­sion to the joint

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