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The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) opened in November 1988, after which Hong Kong's exhibition industry experienced a period of rapid growth enabling Hong Kong to establish its position as Asia's trade fair capital and a premier international convention and meeting location.

The HKCEC, located on the magnificent and renowned Victoria Harbour, is owned by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The TDC is entrusted by Government to be responsible for the Centre's development, design and management. The TDC has contracted with Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) for management and operation of the Centre. HML is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NWS Holdings Ltd (Stock Code: 0659 HK).

The mission of HML, with a staff team of over 850, is to position the HKCEC as the best exhibition and convention centre in Asia internationally renowned for excellence and hosting the world's greatest events, supported by innovative and creative operating techniques.

Having experienced escalating demand from its time of opening, the HKCEC was expanded in June 1997 over doubling its prime function space. The expanded venue further strengthened Hong Kong's leading position as Asia's trade fair hub and assuring that Hong Kong could successfully meet the growing demand for space into the 21st century.

With the continuous growing demand of exhibition space from HKCEC’s current and potential new clients, the HKCEC commenced its second expansion project in May 2006 and completed in April 2009. The project has brought 19,400 sqm additional exhibition space to the HKCEC.

 

The cost of the HKCEC when it first opened in 1988 was approximately HK$2.5 billion (US$322 million), including two hotels, an office tower and a service apartment tower.

The first expansion completed in 1997 cost HK$4.8 billion (US$620 million), including site reclamation which began in June 1994; and the second expansion completed in 2009 cost HK$1.4 billion (US$180 million).

The HKCEC presently provides 66,000 sqm of purpose-built exhibition space, 20,000 sqm of multi-functional venues and 5,500 sqm of event support space.

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