News: Water Taxis Could Become The Next Best Thing in Hong Kong

Water taxis could be making their comeback in the Chinese island city of Hong Kong, nearly 50 years after the smaller craft officially stopped running passengers through the city’s waterways. The Hong Kong government recently proposed that a revival of these small water taxis could be a way to boost the slowing tourism industry.

If the proposal comes to fruition, according to latest tourism development plan released by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, these water taxis will ferry passengers through popular tourism areas such as Central, West Kowloon, Kai Tak and Tsim Sha Tsui. This will go a long way in offering passengers more flexibility in their travel options, as well as easing traffic congestion.

Although none of the details are set in stone yet, the idea has been widely applauded by the tourism industry at large, and is set to put Hong Kong on the map alongside cities like Sydney, Bangkok and Venice, which are well known for their water transport services.

The executive director of the Travel Industry Council, Joseph Tung Yao-chung, said,“It is a good idea as Hong Kong is famous for its harbour. Introducing the water taxi [service] can help build the image of our harbour.”

The water taxi routes are set to be longer than the distance covered by the current ferry network, which takes passengers across the Victoria Harbour in 15 minutes. Longer routes have been planned in order to give tourists a better view on both sides of the harbour, and allow them to fully appreciate the sights without being rushed.

A lawmaker in the tourism sector, Yiu Si-wing has also been impressed by the city’s proposal for water taxis, as he has been pushing for some variety in the sector for some time now. He added, “It is a very innovative idea. Smaller boats should be able to provide tourists with greater flexibility and a better travel experience.”

It is expected that wealthy tourists are the most likely to take advantage of the more customisable water taxi tours, but prices will be set at an affordable rate for all those travelling to the city. It’s suggested that the government would need to put more support facilities in place to ensure the smooth running of the water taxi industry. Small boat docks and meticulous route planning will also be needed to avoid disrupting the current ferry routes that take passengers across the harbour.

Additionally, the system will need significant technological input, as they hope to run the water taxis in the same way as Uber, where passengers can hail their water rides with the ease of their phone.

Water taxis used to be a popular form of transport in Hong Kong until the 1970s. The services were usually cheap, and used mostly by residents to travel across the harbour. The development of the Hung Hom Cross-Harbour Tunnel saw the end of these small water taxis, however, it seems like Hong Kong’s waterways may soon be used once again and we can’t wait to see this old tradition brought back to life.

For more information on the introduction of water taxis, be sure to check out these links:

Plain sailing for water taxis in Hong Kong as survey finds high demand for proposed service

Could water taxis soon be coming to Hong Kong?


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We may be biased but we think that Dublin is one of the best cities in the world and with the amount of local and international travellers that we are seeing at our airport; we don’t seem to be alone in this thinking.

Whether you are travelling to Dublin from an international destination or from one of our domestic airports, there will always be the slight nervous or anxious feeling that comes with the different aspects of organising travel in an unfamiliar place.

No matter if you are travelling for business or pleasure, organising the different aspects of travel can be overwhelming, especially when landing in a capital city such as Dublin. Luckily, there is a way to mitigate much of the stress that comes with getting to and from Dublin airport when you arrive and when you leave.

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Anybody who has even a minor knowledge of the French language will know that the word ‘Chauffeur’ is French. The origins of the word go back to the late 1800s and it was the name given to the person responsible for stoking a steam engine to keep it running.

The French verb “chauffer” means “to heat” and so a chauffeur is the “one that heats”.

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9 Weird Things Found in a Taxi

If you’ve ever taken a business trip abroad and arrived home only to realise that you left your phone, purse or coat in the back of a taxi, you’re definitely not alone. Taxi drivers are always retrieving forgotten items from their back seats and, as you can imagine, phones, bags and clothing are amongst the most common things that they find.

However, they’ve also found some much more intriguing and unusual items lurking behind them, so let’s take a look at the 9 most weird things found in the back of a taxi.

  1. A real live baby
  2. We’ve all heard stories about how mothers have momentarily forgotten their new-born baby, but how many new mums are careless enough to leave their baby in a taxi? You’ll be pleased to know that the taxi driver took the baby to the nearest police station, so at least the poor little mite didn’t end up in the ‘Lost Property’ box.

  3. Live animals, including a chicken and a duck
  4. Perhaps the owners were going to a market to sell their livestock, or perhaps they were returning with a new addition to the farm. Whatever the reason for leaving live animals in the back of a cab, we hope it didn’t amount to ‘fowl’ play.

  5. A goldfish
  6. We’re guessing that this was an unwanted prize from a funfair, as we can’t imagine that someone has carefully chosen a new pet and then left it to look after itself in a taxi.

  7. A set of false teeth
  8. We’re still wondering how a set of false teeth made their way onto the back seat. We can only hope that they were in some sort of container and not loose in a pool of dribble.

  9. An artificial leg
  10. Who on earth walks out of a taxi without their leg? Surely they must have been hopping mad when they realised? Of course, they could have just been delivering or collecting it for someone else. However, unless they can come up with a very good excuse, we guess they haven’t got a leg to stand on.

  11. Two dead mice
  12. Yes really! If there had been three, we would have wondered if they were blind. But as there were only two we’re guessing that perhaps they were a tasty treat for someone’s pet snake? But who knows?

  13. A big wad of cash
  14. Well, we guess that mislaid cash is not too unusual, unless it’s £6000 in a combination of dollars and sterling. Was the owner on the way to the airport? Perhaps they’d just been paid for services rendered? The question we’re really asking is who forgets that they’ve got this amount of money on them?

  15. Confidential work files
  16. Aren’t you supposed to guard confidential information with your life? Obviously, the owner of this lost property didn’t think so. Let’s hope that they didn’t lose their job too.

  17. Cremation Ashes
  18. And finally, we know that a funeral is a very emotional event, but leaving your loved one’s ashes in a taxi seems rather bizarre; unless for some strange reason the deceased had requested that a taxi should be their final resting place.

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Conferences, conventions, seminars and other business events are extremely important occasions that every businessperson should take very seriously. Whether you’re a senior employee at a major firm or the owner of a small independent business, business events provide invaluable opportunities to network with fellow professionals and entrepreneurs, building potentially valuable future relationships which allow for the sharing of tips, inside news and knowledge.

These events are also great places to find potential future customers, suppliers and investors, and to meet with members of other interested parties – including media figures who could potentially help spread your company’s name and brand.

When all things are considered, keeping on top of what business events are planned for the coming year is something that all serious businesspeople need to be doing.

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Business trips can be daunting, and especially so if it’s your first. You may have to give a presentation in an unfamiliar environment to senior board members or have the unenviable task of securing a new contract or client. And, on top of that, you may have to travel halfway across the country or even the world to do it.

If you’re about to go on your first business trip, check out the following tips to help you get through the experience and find ways to enjoy it;

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Founded by the Vikings in the ninth century, you would be forgiven for imagining Dublin as a place solely built of hearty food stuffs fit for warriors; Irish stews, potatoes, soda bread, and Guinness pints; Dublin is still all of this.

But it also has high-end whiskey to warm the heart, contemporary Irish dishes with a twist, French cuisine, Michelin star restaurants and a multicultural metropolis attracting permanent expats and short-term tourists from all over the world.

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Wherever you may be arriving from, one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll love your journey through Ireland. In this article, we’ll present some tips to help you get the best out of your business trip.

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Top 4 Dublin Day Trips

If you’re travelling to Dublin on business, then chances are that you only have a day or two at most in Dublin itself.

However, considering Ireland’s reputation for boasting beautiful countryside and magical landscapes, you are probably going to want to get out a bit and see what everyone has been harping on about.

Luckily, Dublin is located in Ireland’s eastern coast which is characterised by emerald green hills, charming villages, mountains, waterfalls and beaches. All of these things are easily accessible from Dublin itself and you are bound to be able to fit in a trip to one or more in a short stay.

So be sure and get your chauffeur driver to take you to see at least one of the following places near Dublin:

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