Cruise terminals site selection process: An institutional analysis of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong

Yui Yip Lau, Ka Chai TAM, Adolf K.Y. Ng*, Athanasios A. Pallis

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper undertakes an institutional analysis on how the site of Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (KTCT) was selected following the closure of Kai Tak Airport in 1998. The focus in on how the existing cruise terminal struggled to accommodate new demand, which prompted the idea of constructing a new terminal. Data collected via semi-structured, in-depth interviews with a number of key personnel involved in the decision-making process and planning reveal how public opinion and inputs from various institutional agents forced the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to abandon alternative development plans, paving the way for the development of the KTCT, with the final decision representing a compromise between opposed political forces. The study provides insights into the institutional factors at play during the location of and site selection for cruise terminals, including evidence that more societal actors are involved than is the case of other transport terminal construction projects, and illustrates the interaction between terminals and urban land use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Transportation Business and Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Business and International Management
  • Transportation
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong kong
  • Institution
  • Kai tak cruise terminal
  • Site selection


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