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Art fairs and auction in HKCEC demonstrate strong demand for physical events

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  • HML welcomed hundreds and thousands of art lovers and collectors to three concurrent art fairs and auction from 19 to 28 May 2021.
  • Strong demand for physical events at the HKCEC is evident.
  • Stringent preventive measures give visitors peace of mind.


(28 May 2021) Thousands of art lovers, luxury goods and antique collectors, and connoisseurs flocked to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) over the last 10 days for three long-awaited events – Art Basel Hong Kong 2021, Art Central, and Christie’s Hong Kong Spring Auctions 2021.  This is the first time the three events were held over the same period, creating synergy and presenting attendees a total artistic experience at the HKCEC. 

Both Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central were cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participants were thrilled to finally meet face to face.  Although international exhibitors and buyers were still not able to attend physically due to travel restrictions, international galleries were represented and local art lovers and collectors came out to support.

Exhibitors were excited to be able to meet and make new connections with collectors. Ms Yiping Deng, Gallery Assistant of Avenue Des Arts Contemporary Art Gallery said, “We have a lot of clients who want to purchase our artworks. This is the best time to catch up with the clients to show our works.” Mr Kelvin Yang, Managing Director, Galerie du Monde, pointed out the essence of physical shows, “Online display could not replace the experience of physically appreciating the artwork, to feel its volume, colour and structure.”

Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Management Limited (“HML”), is confident in the progressive recovery of Hong Kong’s exhibition industry as the local pandemic situation eases off. “We are grateful to the event organisers who work with us to shape the new normal.  We had a fabulous week at the HKCEC, having the three prestigious art events under one roof to re-energise the art scene and create a unique synergy. We see strong demand for physical events. Already some 20 exhibitions and 67 conferences and other events have taken place successfully at the HKCEC since January 2021. HML works closely with organisers to implement stringent preventive measures.  Exhibitions also benefitted from the HKSAR Government’s Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme.”

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.  Events at the HKCEC, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets, 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 (Hong Kong Stock Code: 659), as the diversified industries flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong Stock Code: 17), invests and operates a wide range of businesses predominantly in Hong Kong and across Greater China. Our core businesses include toll roads, commercial aircraft leasing, construction and insurance, while we also manage a strategic portfolio spanning sectors from environment, logistics to facilities management. Please visit for details.

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