Macau (MNA) – The CEO of Shun Tak Holdings, Pansy Ho, told Macau news Agency (MNA) that the company’s involvement with a consortium that operates bus services in the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will not impact or reduce the number of TurboJET ferry services between the two SARs.
The group is a minor shareholder in Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Shuttle Bus (Guangdong) Co. Ltd., a consortium that won the exclusive exploration rights of bus coach services in the HMZB.
Shun Tak is one of the joint venture’s 13 shareholders, which includes Kwoon Chung Motors, China National Travel Service (HK) Group; Chu Kong Shipping; and Motor Transport Company of Guangdong and Hong Kong.
The HMZB Bridge was inaugurated today with traffic services to start on October 24 at 9:00 am.
Previously a former advisor to the Macau government had indicated to Macau News Agency (MNA) that Shun Tak’s involvement in the two enterprises could lead to a reduction of ferry services between the Macau and Hong Kong, especially at late hours.
Ms. Ho indicated that Shun Tak would not reduce the ferry services, while collaborating with the other shareholders on how to better expand their coach services, but also did not believe that travellers would now consider bus services to be the much more convenient method than ferry services to travel between the SAR’s.
“Absolutely no. We now have a very comprehensive set up to cater to all different demands and needs […] There’s no definite better or worse, it depends. If you are opting for budget travelling but you don’t mind spending more time then obviously the bus would be a great solution. If you want to have a reasonable way to get there on time and not get caught on traffic then the ferry will be a suitable way,” the businesswoman said.
The comments wee made in an interview during the first day of the 2018 Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) in which Ms. Ho is the Secretary-General
According to Ms. Ho an infrastructure is being developed so that travellers will not have to always depend on just one mean of transportation and in that way increase visitation to Macau.
“This actually allows people to work out they’re own planning, and will be more convenient for people to come. It gives them more flexibility. When people have more flexibility they will be more willing to plan a short trip over, which is what we need,” she added.
The MGM China shareholder also did not believe that the bridge will just benefit the gaming industry but on the other hand assist the city’s economic diversification, having especially a large positive impact in the city’s Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry.
“MICE requires flexibility and if people want to come for just two days and there is not enough international flights or the distance is long […] then it is very hard for MICE to develop in Macau. With the bridge MICE will be a reality for us. We’re doing well but we can cater for more,” she added.