A positive start of the trade fair season at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
(6 September 2019) The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) welcomed hundreds of thousands of exhibitors and buyers from all over the world to five trade fairs in these two weeks, signifying the beginning of the annual trade fair season. The first was Asia Adult Expo held during 27-29 August, followed by four co-locating international trade fairs during 3–7 September, namely HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong X Gourmet Asia 2019, Natural & Organic Asia 2019, and CENTRESTAGE.
Participating exhibitors and buyers from overseas casted their vote of confidence in Hong Kong as the long standing position of Trade Fair Capital of Asia, despite the public activities in the city in the past two months. The promising turnout was an encouraging sign for the respective trading sectors and event organisers.
A UK buyer to the Asia Adult Expo, Mr Thomas Henry Chadwick, Director from Dotty After Midnight, raved about his experience, “Hong Kong is the perfect destination for business under its visa-free regime. The city is safe for travellers and tourists – it is exactly the same as it was for my last visit! Public transport including the MTR (subway in Hong Kong) is running as normal, and I have not observed or experienced any disruption. ”
Mr Robert Harvey, an exhibitor from Larmes based in Hong Kong at the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, said “Hong Kong is a hub where everybody comes to do business. We are pleased to meet with buyers from all over the world, and get contacts which we would not be able to get from anywhere else.” Hungarian buyer Mr Laszlo Bakonyi from BTech Innovation Technology also commented, “You can find thousands and thousands of suppliers here. There is nothing to be worried about in the current situation of Hong Kong.”
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, “The HKCEC has been operating as normal over the past few months and events are running without interruption. Although there have been road closures nearby during several incidents, the HKCEC remained accessible by foot, private cars, freight trucks and public transportation. In fact, it is business as usual here. We look forward to the upcoming fairs when exhibitors and buyers from all over the world will continue to make fruitful business connections.”
Issued by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited
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. With 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 www.nws.com.hk for details.
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