HKCEC launches new iPhone app

(Hong Kong, 25 November 2011)    The award-winning Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) launched its new HKCEC iPhone app today, downloadable free of charge, in celebration of its 23rd Anniversary on 25 November 2011. The app is an extremely handy and user-friendly tool that offers comprehensive news and information about the HKCEC in three languages:  English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.  To download free of charge, iPhone users just need to visit the iTunes App Store and enter the keyword “HKCEC” or “Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre”, or simply scan the QR code (please refer to the Attachment 1) and go direct to the HKCEC app download page in the iTunes App Store.

An important feature of the HKCEC app is its “Event Calendar”, which lists major upcoming exhibitions, conferences and special events at the HKCEC. Users can search easily by date, nature of event or keyword, and instantly add the event to their own iPhone calendar. This feature also gives organisers an additional channel for promoting their events, at no extra cost.

Overseas visitors coming to the HKCEC can use the “Transportation” function to get directions to the HKCEC from Hong Kong International Airport and other key locations.

Also available in the HKCEC app is a “Where to Eat” function, which lists the different restaurants at the HKCEC, with their locations and floor plans, making it easy for visitors to make their dining choices in advance.

The HKCEC app also posts the latest “Announcements”, providing HKCEC users with real-time updates in a convenient form.

The app also includes other useful functions titled “Floor Plan”, “About HKCEC”, “My Tools”, “Tips”, & “Contact Us”, all accessible using specially designed icons. 

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, Deputy Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd (“HML”), commented, “We are proud and excited to be one of the first exhibition venues in the region to offer this new communication channel. The HKCEC app now puts information about the HKCEC and its events right at the fingertips of our users and visitors. This new initiative is part of HML’s commitment to continuously enhancing our services, and caters directly to the increasing population of smartphone users in Hong Kong and worldwide.”

The Android version of the HKCEC app is currently at the development stage, and will be launched shortly.  

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1.    QR code for quick free download of HKCEC iPhone App
2.    The brand new HKCEC iPhone App provides free information on Asia’s best centre at users’ fingertips.
     
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About the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Opened in 1988, this award-winning 306,000 sqm meeting and exhibition venue includes 91,500 sqm of rentable space.  It is located on a prime waterfront site in the heart of Hong Kong.  It offers uniquely convenient, world-class services and in 2011, was recognised for the 8th time as the Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia by leading industry peers.  Over 1,200 events including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets are held at the HKCEC every year.  These events contribute significant economic benefits to the city and help raise the international image of Hong Kong.  The HKCEC is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

About Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) is a professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day to day management for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Among its specific responsibilities, HML oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance and security.  It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurant management and banqueting activities.

HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Holdings Limited (“NWS Holdings”, Hong Kong stock code: 659), the infrastructure and service flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong stock code: 17), embraces businesses in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau. Its Infrastructure portfolio includes Roads, Energy, Water and Ports & Logistics projects. Its Services division comprises Facilities Management (the management of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Free Duty), Construction & Transport (Hip Hing Construction and bus and ferry services) and Strategic Investments (Tricor, Haitong and securities investments).

Issued by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd

For further information, please contact:
Ms Mabel Hung, Communications Manager
Tel        : +852 2582 7837  
Mobile    : +852 6295 6570
E-mail     :  mabelhung@hkcec.com / comm@hkcec.com
Website :  www.hkcec.com