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With 1,000 events and record attendance of 8.5 million HKCEC continues to invest in US$128 million advancement project

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  • The Food Expo opened on 15 August at the HKCEC as scheduled and was packed with visitors


(16 August 2019) The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre ("HKCEC") continues to be the choice venue for international organisers staging world-class exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong.  In the fiscal year 2018-2019 (July 2018 to June 2019), a total of 1,000 events were held at the HKCEC, including 119 exhibitions and 159 international and local conferences, along with hundreds of corporate meetings, banquets and entertainment events.  During the year, the HKCEC welcomed a record attendance of over 8.5 million, including exhibitors, trade buyers, conference and meeting delegates, event visitors, banquet guests and restaurant customers.

The 119 exhibitions and 159 international and local conferences cover diverse topics such as gerontechnology, cloud technology, wine and spirits, cosmetics, art, and medical science, etc.  Three new exhibitions and 65 new conferences were successfully held at the HKCEC.

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited ("HML"), the professional and private management company of the HKCEC, said, "We are proud of the results while striving for continuous enhancement.  We share our success with our business partners, staff members and community at large."

Although there have been road closures nearby the HKCEC during several public activities since June, the HKCEC remained accessible by foot, private cars, freight trucks and public transportation. 

Ms Lee-Müller commented, "Safety of visitors and staff members has always been HML’s top priority.  We have a set of emergency preparedness plans and are ready to activate in response to different scenarios.  HML remains confident for long term development of the industry and continues to invest in the HKCEC Five-Year Advancement Project for maintaining the HKCEC’s world class infrastructure and services.  Stage 1 of the Project has progressed on schedule."

Major events, including the Hong Kong Book Fair with close to one million attendees, were held in July without interruption.  Over the past few weeks, several annual popular events continued to attract huge crowds.

The annual Food Expo, concurrently held with Hong Kong International Tea Fair, Beauty & Wellness Expo, Home Delights Expo, and International Conference of Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products, which together utilize all exhibition halls at the HKCEC opened yesterday (15 August) as scheduled, with large number of overseas exhibitors, and enthusiastic visitors, including families with young children and elderlies.

Notes to editors:
During FY2018-19 the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.5 million and a total of 1,000 events, which included:

  • 119 exhibitions:
    • 44 trade exhibitions, 24 trade and public exhibitions, 51 public exhibitions
    • 116 recurrent exhibitions, 3 new exhibitions
  • 159 conferences or conventions:
    • 27 international conferences, 9 new to the HKCEC
    • 132 local conferences, 56 new to the HKCEC
  • 44 entertainment and special events
    • 22 concerts, 1 film show
  • 327 banquets
  • 351 other events, including corporate events, media conferences, seminars, and corporate meetings.

F​rom its opening in 1988 through to 30 June 2019, the HKCEC has hosted 48,521 events and welcomed an accumulated attendance of 121 million.

About the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
This award-winning 306,000 sqm building, first opened in 1988, offers 91,500 sqm of rentable space. An iconic Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre ('HKCEC') is located on a prime waterfront site in the central business district of Hong Kong.  It 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 HKCEC, where it oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance and security.  It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurants and catering services.  HML provides world-class services for users, visitors and guests of the HKCEC, a venue which has been consistently awarded the title of ‘Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia’ by leading industry professionals.  About 1,000 events are held at the HKCEC every year, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets.  These events contribute significant economic benefits to the city, and help raise the international image of Hong Kong.

HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited.  NWS Holdings Limited ("NWS Holdings", Hong Kong stock code: 659) is the infrastructure and service flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong stock code: 17).  It has diverse businesses and investments predominantly in Hong Kong and Mainland China, comprising toll roads, environmental management, port and logistics facilities, rail container terminals, commercial aircraft leasing, facilities management, healthcare services, construction and public transport. Please visit for details.

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