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Wednesday 7 September 2022

Is the world's most famous ferry about to sink without a trace

No trip to Hong Kong is complete with a trip on the iconic Star Ferry.

But now the ferry's future is in danger, Travel Mole reports.

The Star Ferry Company this week revealed its biggest-ever decline in passengers as it warned of an "uncertain" future.

The ferry carried 3.2 million passengers across Victoria Harbour in the first six months of the year, but that is down 68% on 2019 figures.

“Border closure continues to cut the patronage by half,” said a spokesperson in the report providing the reasons for the company’s dilemma.

The newly established East Rail extension contributed to the further marginalization of the ferries, the spokesperson said, since the cross-harbor section of the railway reduced the journey time for passengers, the Hong Kong Standard reported.

The iconic ferries have been operating over 120 years and are a major tourist attraction, currently operating two routes with 12 craft: Wanchai on Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon, and Central to Tsim Sha Tsui.

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