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With 1,061 events and record attendance of 8.2 million HKCEC pledges to Breakthrough‧Advance Together

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  • With 1,061 events and record attendance of 8.2 million, the HKCEC pledges to Breakthrough‧Advance Together.
  • Vinexpo Hong Kong, one of the HKCEC’s recurrent exhibitions, celebrated its presence in Hong Kong and the HKCEC for 20 years.
  • The Belt & Road Summit was successfully held at the HKCEC, with participation of over 5,000 delegates from many countries and regions.

(12 September 2018)  The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) continues to be the preferred venue for international organisers staging world-class exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong.  During the fiscal year 2017-2018 (July 2017 to June 2018), a total of 1,061 events were held at the HKCEC, including 118 exhibitions and 166 international and local conferences, along with hundreds of corporate meetings, banquets and entertainment events.  During the year, the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.2 million*, including exhibitors, trade buyers, conference and meeting delegates, event visitors, banquet guests and restaurant customers.

The 118 exhibitions and 166 international and local conferences cover diverse topics such as start-up, franchising, diving and resorts, technology for the elderly, finance, medical science, cloud technology, amusement and theme park, etc.

Seven new exhibitions and 69 new conferences were successfully held at the HKCEC, including Gourmet Asia 2018, and China Guardian (HK) 2017 Autumn Auctions, The 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Annual Conference 2018.

The outstanding business performance is complemented by 23 awards and certificates, in recognition of service quality, community service, and environmental protection.  These recognitions include Champion in the “Outstanding Venue Award” at the 2017 AFECA Asian Awards, organised by Asian Federation of Exhibitions and Convention Associations; “Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia-Pacific” in the 2018 CEI Readers’ Choice Award conducted by CEI Asia magazine; 15 Years Plus Caring Company logo by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in 2018.

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, commented, “We are proud of the results, but we would not rest on our laurels.  We continue to look for opportunities to improve and share our success with our business partners, staff members and community at large.  The commitment is reflected in the 30th anniversary slogan: Breakthrough‧Advance Together.  A series of infrastructure and technological upgrade are already in progress.”

Notes to editors:
During FY2017-18 the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.2 million* and a total of 1,061 events, which included:

  • 118 exhibitions:
    • 47 trade exhibitions, 25 trade and public exhibitions, 46 public exhibitions
    • 110 recurrent exhibitions, 7 new exhibitions, 1 returning exhibition
  • 166 conferences or conventions:
    • 39 international conferences, 13 new to the HKCEC
    • 127 local conferences, 56 new to the HKCEC
  • 51 entertainment and special events
    • 22 concerts, 4 film shows
  • 355 banquets
  • 371 other events, including corporate events, media conferences, seminars, and corporate meetings.

​From its opening in 1988 through to 30 June 2018, the HKCEC has hosted 47,521 events and welcomed an accumulated attendance of over 112 million.

Remarks*: Effective FY17/18, the definition of total attendance was revised to cover exhibitors and outlet guests not attending exhibitions, in addition to event visitors.

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.  Over 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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