New World unveils 11 Skies, Hong Kong’s largest retailtainment space

New World Development has revealed plans for a US$2.58 billion mixed-use facility at Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) SkyCity complex called 11 Skies. 

Once complete, the development will be Hong Kong’s largest hub for retail, dining and entertainment. With a gross total of 3.8 million sqft, 11 Skies will include 2.66 million sqft dedicated to retail and dining – housing over 800 stores and 120 dining concepts.

Another 570,000 sqft will be allocated to experiential entertainment, such as the world’s largest indoor and outdoor karting track – SkyTrack – encompassing electric-powered karts and AR-enabled interactive controls. Grade A office space will take up a further 570,000 sqft. 

Similar to the concept of Singapore’s Jewel Changi retail and entertainment complex, the new mall aims to connect tourists and locals across the region, in Hong Kong’s case especially targeting the newly developed Greater Bay Area. 

Located next to the HKIA, The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Tuen Mun-Chep Lap Kok Link, the destination will benefit from a high volume of passengers who travel via the airport where a total of 71.5 million tourists annually were recorded before the Covid-19 crisis and in easy reach of 72 million people residing in the Greater Bay Area. 

11 Skies will also be the first shopping destination in Asia to combine retail, dining and entertainment alongside wealth management and wellness services. 

Adrian Cheng, CEO, New World Development and Founder of K11 Group said in a statement that 11 Skies will be “a game-changer for Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area”. 

“It is the first project that comprehensively combines retail, dining, entertainment, together with wellness and wealth management in one complete ecosystem for people in Hong Kong, Greater Bay Area and the rest of the world.” 

Within the residential and tourist shopping area of Tung Chung nearby the airport, the new development is set to open in phases from 2022 to 2025. 11 Skies will be neighbour to Swire Properties’ decade-old Citygate Outlets which recently underwent refurbishment and expansion with an extended wing for new luxury and lifestyle brands. 

Despite the disappearance of tourists in Hong Kong over the past year and a half in Hong Kong due to social unrest and Covid-19, local mall properties have been amping up efforts to attract locals to make the trip to the outskirts of the city to the Tung Chung airport for new retail experiences and activities. These included a BTS-themed (Korean boy band) cable car ride at the Ngong Ping 360, in partnership with Fila.

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