Recent visits & surprising activity
Hong Kong and Chinese operators and builders have this month shown how the operation by organisations in other countries can produce examples of efficiency and progressive activity which is inspirational. One such organisation is TurboJET, and the Shun Tak Centre. The Sun Tak Center comprises two 38-storey office towers a 4-storey podium containing a shopping center, customs and immigration processing areas, shops restaurants, and the Hong Kong-Macau Fery Terminal.
The Sun Tak Center is a transport hub, with direct access to the Sheung Wan Station of the MTR, a bus terminal adjacent to the east, a large taxi stand, and the piers for ferry services to Macau and China.
It is also the headquarters of Shun Tak Group, the principal Hong Kong operating company of Dr. Stanley Ho.
The Sun Tak Center was built on the site of the old Macau Ferry Piers and the Sheung Wan night market. The firts part, completed in 1984 was the easternmost section and No. 1 Tower. No. 2 Tower, now called Western Tower, was built on a different orientation, giving the property on close examination a slightly asymmetric appearance.
TurboJET owns the largest fleet of high-speed vessels in the world, providing 24 hour sailing, as frequent as 5 to 15 minute sailing frequencies. To cope with the rising demand in the region, TurboJET launched the “Sea Express” route connecting Macau, the Hong Kong international Airport, and the ShenZen International AIrport. On the Hong Kong - Macau route “Super Class” provides complimentary hot meals during the day, along the drinks, newspapers and magazines, priority disembarkation and use of a VIP Waiting Lounge.
With its excellent services quality and safety management, TurboJET has won numerous awards including the “Hong Kong Top Service Brand Award” co-organised by the Hong Kong Brand Developement Council and The Chinese Manufacturers“ Association of Hong Kong as well as the “Hong Kong Award for Industry : Productivity and Quality certificate of Merit” from the Hong Kong productivity Council, in recognition of its outstanding service performance and leading position in the ferry service industry.
Ms Anna Hong, Deputy General Manager of Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited, recently expressed her gratitude for the twin awards received by TurboJET, “These do not only reflect the recognition from professionl experts to our management style, but also the support and appreciation from passengers to our hight quality services.
This is absolutely encouraging to both our staff and management. Commited to ”Satisfy our costumers”, TurboJET will keep on giving the best to our passengers”.
At the recent Interferry conference in Hong Kong TurbotJET consultant Dr Tsui Shung YIU explained
the company’s growth strategy in the first of several case studies showing how operators around the world were responding to changing markets.
He said that, byincorporating seamless airline transfers on existing and planned new routes in southern China, TurboJET was energing as a pan-regional operator providing international links for business and leisure travellers.
According to K M Fung, port logistics manager at the Hong Kong marine department speaking at the same Interferry Conference, passenger througput on Macau services alone had increased at an annual average of 12,4% since 2004. Carrying reached almost 17 million in 2007 and were forecast to rise to 25 m per year by 2012.
After a two hour ferry trip, the 45 minute drive from the Lianhuashan Ferry terminal to the Afai Shipyard in Panyu, southern Guangzhou City is remarkable in terms of developement and contruction with attractive high rise town houses, new shopping centers and multi lance highways. However the old is interlaced with the new, with old villages, unchanged for decades, and traffic on a six lane highway suddenly help up by a stooped old man wheeling a barrow.