360, a cable car service which opened last year in Hong Kong, has
suspended all operations until further notice. The move follows an
incident that took place Monday when an empty car fell around 50 metres
to the ground. Nobody is believed to have been hurt in the incident and
an investigation is already underway. The ride is not expected to
re-open until the investigation is complete and public safety can be
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has also immediately suspended its overseas promotion of the cableway service.
Locally, the HKTB has posted notices at its Visitor Information & Services Centres in town and service counters at the entry ports, and arranged
recorded messages for its Visitor Hotline so as to proactively inform visitors about the service suspension.
To ensure that visitors receive the latest information, the HKTB has arranged staff to manually remove references to Ngong Ping 360 and will
shortly post labels about the service suspension in its publications.
As regards overseas promotions, the HKTB has touched base with its worldwide offices and temporarily suspended placement for advertising on
Ngong Ping 360 in all long- and short-haul markets, including the US, Canada, Australia, Mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea. Such will be
replaced by advertisements on other attractions or mega events.
The HKTB has
also advised travel-trade partners in Hong Kong and overseas
that they should revise tour itineraries.
Opened to the public on 18 September 2006, Ngong Ping 360 is located on Hong Kongís Lantau Island. It combines a stunning 5.7km cable car journey with an impressive cultural themed village and easy access to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, the worldís largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha statue.
Ngong Ping Skyrail is a 5.7km cableway supported by eight towers along the cableway route. The biggest cableway in Asia, the journey lasts for
about 20-25 minutes and offers passengers spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea, Tung
Chung Bay and the Hong Kong International Airport.
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