Mr Leung stated in his Policy Address today that the Government will continue to fully support the Airport Authority’s three-runway system project to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an international and regional transport centre.
He also noted that the Airport Authority has completed a study on the airport’s North Commercial District master layout plan and will soon launch the first stage of retail development. Planning and development of the land reserved for cargo use at the South Cargo Precinct of the airport island will kick off soon.
To tie in with the hotel development adjacent to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the Government is carrying out infrastructure work at the runway and south apron of the former airport, and will encourage developers to include conference facilities in the new hotels.
Other plans to enhance the tourism industry include expanding the city’s two theme parks. Discussion on the Disneyland Resort Phase 2 development will commence soon as its operating results are improving, Mr Leung said.
The Government has also commissioned a consultancy study to assess the future demand for convention and exhibition facilities in Hong Kong, and will consider constructing a new convention centre above Exhibition Station on the Sha Tin to Central Link around 2020, he added.