In view of the growing demand for talent in the fast-expanding global cruise and yacht industry, Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) and the Vocational Training Council (VTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on June 21st 2018 for nurturing professionals in the industry.
Memorandum of Understanding signed to nurture cruise and yachting industry
In line with the government’s direction to develop Hong Kong as a premier marine hub in the region and to meet the industry’s needs, VTC would partner with Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association to nurture a new generation of professionals with plans to organise a diploma course in Cruise and Yacht Operations.
The MoU signing ceremony invited the following guests:
- Dr Bernard CHAN, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government, as the Guest of Honour
- Jeff BENT, Managing Director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals
- Dr Eric LIU, VTC Deputy Executive Director
- SHIU Chi-yung, VTC Academic Director (Engineering Discipline)
- ZHENG Wei-hang, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association
- Professor Gary CHENG, Secretary General of Shanghai Maritime University Asia Cruise Academy
All witnessed the MoU signing between Kara YEUNG, HKCYIA Executive Director, and MAK Chiu-ki, Director of Maritime Services Training Institute, VTC.
Kara YEUNG, HKCYIA Executive Director, said “The Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge are expected to help boost cruise and yacht travels as well as economic development. The collaboration between HKCYIA and VTC is aimed at advancing the long-term development of the Hong Kong cruise and yacht industry through promoting youth training for careers in the industry.”
With a view to equipping students with the requisite knowledge and skills for a successful career in the cruise and yacht industry, the collaboration would enable students to explore the different pathways for further advancements in the sector.
About Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA)
Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) is an organization of cruise and yacht industry practitioners working together as a united force to promote the long-term development of the cruise industry. With the aim of enhancing the Hong Kong cruise industry’s competitiveness in the international market, HKCYIA is committed to fostering co-operations between local and global cruise communities. HKCYIA recognizes the importance of cultivating young talents through providing professional training and recruitment services to promote careers in maritime services.
Source: Media release courtesy of Helen Wai, Media Services Public Relations and Communication