Mon 10 Feb 2020 Company News

Heritage Revitalisation for Tourism in Hong Kong: now out in paperback!

Winkle-picker is proud to announce that Managing Director Chris White’s book, Heritage Revitalisation for Tourism in Hong Kong, has been published by Routledge (Taylor and Francis) in paperback.

Heritage tourism is a global multi-million-dollar phenomenon, influencing national, regional and local cultural identities. Hong Kong finds itself at the confluence of several post-colonial economic, political and social developments and with this comes a greater awareness of the need for more meaningful cultural and heritage tourism products, especially in the form of revitalised heritage attractions.

Taking a qualitative approach and using semi-structured in-depth interviews with practitioners and stakeholders in the field, this study explores the role of interpretation in heritage revitalisation projects for tourism in Hong Kong. It seeks to examine why the interpretive element of these projects so often gets diminished during the course of implementation and outlines five propositions that may inform it going forward. Ultimately, the findings of this study suggest that, as issues of local identity become ever more important in Hong Kong, the role of interpretation in the development of its heritage tourism products needs to be holistic, integrated and consistent across public, private and non-governmental sectors.

Developing a framework of understanding to identify the contextual issues of interpretation and commodification, this book will be useful to students and scholars of tourism, heritage studies and Asian studies more generally.

 

Mon 14 Oct 2019 Company News

Taikwun wins UNESCO prize

Winkle-picker is proud to report that the Taikwun Centre for Heritage and the Arts has been given a Certificate of Excellence for Cultural Heritage Conservation by UNESCO.

As well as the restoration work, architectural and engineering solutions, and conservation, the heritage interpretation on which Winkle-picker worked for nearly 10 years was singled out for praise. It concludes, “against tremendous commercial and real estate pressures, the successful realization of Tai Kwun stands as a testimony to Hong Kong SAR’s commitment to heritage.”

 

Sat 12 Oct 2019 Company News

Working with CCHK/UOW

Managing Director Chris White is now working with CCHK/UOW as Programme &/Course Reviewer of BSocSc (Hons) in the Cultural Tourism and Festival Management.

UOW College Hong Kong (“UOWCHK”), formerly Community College of City University (“CCCU”), has over 35 years of experience in providing quality tertiary education in Hong Kong. Since July 2015, the College has been in a formal alliance with the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, through which our students’ horizons and learning experiences have been widened and enriched via visits by UOW academics or e-learning facilities of UOW.

Widely acknowledged as one of the leading institutions of its kind in Hong Kong with about 6,000 students, the College offers a wide range of academic programmes, from foundation to degree level. Working with CCHK/UOW will help Chris make some connections between real-world industry practise and academic theory.

Sun 19 May 2019 Industry News

Tai Kwun celebrates 1st anniversary

It is hard to believe that the Tai Kwun celebrates its 1st anniversary . When we started working on the interpretive planning for what was then the Former Central Police Station & Victoria Prison we knew it was a special project but didn’t realize yet how significant it would be. Since opening its doors to the public a year ago, the heritage site has come alive with heritage and arts exhibitions, musical performances, film shows, docent tours and more. Some 3.4 million visitors were recorded in its first year of operations, making it the most visited heritage site in town.

Tue 23 Apr 2019 Industry News

Peak Tram closed for upgrade

The Peak Tram will be closed from today (23rd April) until mid-July for upgrade of infrastructure, haulage system, carriages and public areas. There will be significant upgrades to the public areas immediately surrounding the Lower Terminus, both outside St John’s Building and along Tramway Path, leading from the new Lower Terminus alighting platform. We are proud to have been involved in storyline research for the upgrade of the waiting areas in partnership with Sarner and look forward to this exciting project coming to fruition.

Thu 11 Apr 2019 Company News

Views on Taikwun

It’s been nearly a year since the Taikwun Centre For Heritage & Arts opened in Hong Kong, and we thought we’d take a look at what views on Taikwun the most important people – the visitors – have, especially about the heritage interpretation. 89% of respondents on TripAdvisor rated the overall experience excellent or very good. Here is a selection of views on Taikwun from those visitors ….