Lantau Yacht Club appoints key staff
Hong Kong’s first 5 Gold Anchor marina appoints new Director of Marketing & Membership and Head Chef at Caffè Napoli.
Alex Lee, LYC’s Director of Marketing & Membership
Lantau Yacht Club, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, has announced Alex Lee as its new Director of Marketing & Membership. Lee is a seasoned membership and sales professional who has a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry, partnership development, and sales and marketing campaigns.
He has prior experience with luxury hotel brands and prestigious private clubs in Hong Kong including JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong and Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong. Lee will be reaching out to yacht industry partners for more collaborations in the future to promote the LYC brand and the yachting lifestyle to the public.
Lantau Yacht Club (LYC) has also appointed Lo Chi Sing as Head Chef of Caffè Napoli. With more than 30 years under his belt, Chef Lo has extensive experience in curating fine dining and large-scale catering events. Prior to joining LYC, Chef Lo had been with The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Epicurean Management Limited, The Park Lane Hotel and The Furama Hotel Hong Kong.
Lo Chi Sing, Head Chef of Caffè Napoli
In his new role at LYC, Chef Lo is responsible for reimagining the culinary creations of Caffè Napoli every season, sourcing gourmet ingredients and providing leadership for the culinary operations team for the 48-seat restaurant. Chef Lo is debuting a new menu and members are looking forward to his gastronomic delights at Caffè Napoli.
YACHTS INCREASING, MORE EXPECTED
The number of members and yachts berthing at LYC gradually increased last year and the marina expects more members’ yachts to arrive in the coming two years. According to yacht agents, boat sales in Hong Kong remain stable and more new boaters are joining the community, while sports boating and leisure yachting have attracted more young enthusiasts during the pandemic.
With China borders open since January 8 and pandemic restrictions easing, LYC believes yachting activities will increase, boosting the demand for berths. With simplified procedures for cross-border yachting activities, Hong Kong could become the main hub for leisure boating in the Greater Bay Area (Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Macau).
Lantau Yacht Club
As the authorities support and cultivate a yachting culture in GBA, and provide professional support for the industry – including sectors such as legal, insurance, maintenance and financing – the yachting industry will continue to grow and expand.
“Recreational boating, especially the visits of superyachts, contributes substantially to the local economy. High-spending yachting tourism creates multiple economic impacts for Hong Kong across sectors such as F&B, retail, entertainment, boat maintenance and service, accommodation, transportation, insurance, and so on,” Lee said.
“LYC will play a key role for such development as it’s the only new marina in Hong Kong in the past two decades and is equipped with the latest technology and facilities. It’s also only marina in the city that can accommodate superyachts up to 100m and boasts a strategic location 25 minutes to the CBD, 20 minutes to the airport and 60 mins to other GBA cities.”
LYC’s Yachtcation package
Meanwhile, LYC’s Yachtcation package was particularly popular last summer. A special arrangement provided visiting members who booked the package with the option to enjoy complimentary afternoon tea on the private roof of one of Discovery Bay’s luxury residences, which commands a breathtaking view of DB and Hong Kong’s city-centre skyscrapers.
NEW SERVICE YARD TENANT
Furthermore, the LYC Service Yard now has four tenants following the opening of the Starship Yachts office, which joins MSA (Marine Service Asia), Lodestone Yachts and NextWave Yachting.
LYC Service Yard tenants
Founded in 1994, Starship Yachts is one of Asia’s leading yacht dealers and represents Ferretti Group brands Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Custom Line and Itama, as well as Cranchi, WiderCat and Zodiac. Apart from yacht sales, Starship is offering services covering yacht delivery, shipping handling, commissioning and survey service, yacht management and after-sales solutions.