An up-and-coming arts district by the waterfront. A new waterpark
featuring heart-thumping slides and rides. A beloved tram that has
undergone a lovely facelift.
All these are just some of the new and refreshed experiences that
await travellers when they next visit the city, unveiled executives of
the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) at a media briefing in Bangkok.
Despite the city's prolonged border closure, HKTB wants travellers to
know that a fresh crop of new experiences have been rolled out in Hong
Kong over the past three years.
"There've been lots of new developments in Hong Kong," said HKTB's
regional director for Southeast Asia, Raymond Chan, speaking during a
media event in Bangkok, among the Southeast Asian cities the NTO is now
visiting as part of its promotional outreach efforts.
HKTB's Raymond Chan giving the latest destination updates in Bangkok. Photo Credit: Xinyi Liang-Pholsena
"Hong Kong has many treasures still waiting to be discovered, and can
cater to visitor's needs in various angles. The goal is to provide
inspiration and to update the list if new travel destinations for
travellers who await the day they can return to Hong Kong."
HKTB has launched the new '360 Hong Kong Moments: New Adventures at
Every Turn' campaign to retain Hong Kong as a "top of mind destination"
New attractions in Hong Kong for 2022 and beyond
Arts & culture
A new arts hub has blossomed
in Hong Kong since 2019, when the West Kowloon Cultural District was
launched. Since then, the thriving arts-dedicated neighbourhood has
welcomed high-profile debuts on the Victoria Harbour Waterfront,
including M+, Asia's first museum of contemporary visual art, and the
Hong Kong Palace Museum, a 7,800sqm space with over 900 Chinese
artefacts displayed in collaboration with the Forbidden Palace in
Shop, dine & stay
a city renowned for its retail and F&B offerings, new entrants
continue to keep the shopping and dining scene buzzing. Dining
highlights include JaJa, a photogenic restaurant in Wanchai offering
creative vegan dishes; Penicillin, a eco-conscious cocktail bar which
focuses on zero waste dining; and The Hideout @ Mui Wo, a restaurant
that spotlights the farm-to-table concept alongside views of the Lamma
JaJa is a new photogenic restaurant in Wanchai offering creative vegan dishes.
On the shopping front, K11 Musea has debuted as an upscale art mall
on Victoria Harbour, while the Central Market – Hong Kong's oldest fresh
market established in 1842 – now bears a contemporary vibe after its
A notable addition to the city's accommodation sector is the
Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong, which soft-opened in July. The
first Fullerton hotel in Hong Kong puts guests at the doorstep of the
Water World Ocean Park next door.
Explore & play
Water World Ocean Park is a splashing new addition to Hong Kong's
leisure destinations, offering 27 thrilling rides in five zones, which
has also been certified safe for autistic individuals to enjoy.
Meanwhile, existing attractions such as the iconic Peak Tram now bears a
new look in its sixth reiteration – offering greater capacity and
better vistas – whereas Hong Kong Disneyland has introduced the new
Castle of Magical Dreams and 'Momentous' light and sound show to mark
its 15th anniversary in 2020.
Hong Kong's urban downtown areas, there are many great outdoor
experiences for visitors. Sai Kung, apart from its seafood and outdoor
activities, is home to the volcanic rocks which have earned it Hong Kong
UNESCO Geopark status. There's also Cheung Chau Island, a
dumbbell-shaped island now brimming with chic cafes and a wide array of
Hong Kong's iconic Peak Tram has reopened with a new look.
Southeast Asia a vital market
Amid the prolonged closure of China, previously the top visitor
source market for Hong Kong, Chan stressed that Southeast Asia remains
"an important market" for HKTB.
In 2019, Hong Kong welcomed more than 3.1 million visitors from
Southeast Asia. Thailand, for instance, sent over 550,000 visitors in
2019 and was one of the highest-spending markets.
Life in Hong Kong is "back to normal" for locals, while many social
distancing measures have been eased although masks are still required
for many venues. As well, Hong Kong has cut the mandatory hotel
quarantine for overseas arrivals from one week to three days.
Looking ahead, Chan said Hong Kong is also gearing up for its
comeback with a series of promotions, which will be launched once the
As for the million-dollar question as to when Hong Kong will reopen,
Chan said "there is no timeline" but remains hopeful that it would be
"very, very soon".