Hong Kong: The World’s Meeting Place

Industry Watch | November 20, 2018 | Feature

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Hong Kong is conveniently located in the heart of Asia, making it the region’s most connected destination for any event. Half the world’s population can be reached within five hours flight time.

It is a city that wows you by its fascinating contrasts:  the super-modern skyscrapers that sits alongside ancient temples, the juxtaposition of east and west architecture, culture and gastronomy–the strikingly different worlds that coexist and create a spectrum of experiences unlike other cities. Check out the reasons below as why Hong Kong is a great destination to consider for your next MICE activity or wedding.

Connecting the World: Gateway To Mainland China

Not only is Hong Kong one of the most connected cities in the world, its unique position as the dominant gateway to Mainland China makes it an exciting place to visit for both business and leisure. There are direct flights to nearly 50 destinations in Mainland China and most of the major cities are less than four hours away by plane.

The final phase of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail was also inaugurated this September, connecting Hong Kong to Mainland China’s major cities through its national highspeed rail network, which is more than 20,000km in length.

The completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in 2018 has also made it faster than ever to embark on a multi-destination excursion as it now takes less than one hour to travel between Hong Kong, Macao and the western coast of the Pearl River Delta. A new chapter of the city’s cross-border itinerary for planners

Hong Kong is your ideal launch pad for meeting and incentive groups to embark on multi destination trips to explore the ethnically diverse, historically rich and naturally beautiful country of Mainland China. It is also an ideal convention base for planners to create cross-border itineraries for excursions and business exchanges.

A world metropolis, a dominant gateway to Mainland China, Hong Kong simply checks all the boxes for planners who want to be at the heart of all the action. In 2018, the city gets amped up with a boost to its MICE offerings, from mega infrastructure to immersive and integrated meeting solutions. Whether you’re looking to explore new opportunities in one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, or to immerse yourself in a city that inspires, Hong Kong is a place to be truly connected for your next MICE events.

All-In-One Mice at Asia’s Cruise Hub

As Asia’s cruise hub, the city has an impressive number of ships embarking from its ports. There are also year-round and seasonal homeport deployments from major cruise lines such as Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, which provide all-in-one meeting solutions. Most major cruises offer two-night, four-night and five-night Hong Kong itineraries to choose from, which you can bundle with a land excursion programme for your MICE groups.

New Integrated Business Solutions At Leading Theme Parks

This year, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park unveils a brand new Marriott Hotel on its premises, which offers more than 14,500 sq ft of event space and many integrated business solutions. For MICE groups who want to relax with a splash, the popular marine park also plans to open a Water World attraction.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Disneyland has also begun its six-year expansion plan, which brings a new attraction or entertainment offering almost every year through 2023, including a Marvel-themed area. These mega expansions in both theme parks will make them ideal as unique MICE venues that simply impress planners and create memorable moments for MICE delegates.

A Deeper Dive into Local Culture

There are few places that boast the eclecticism and energy that Hong Kong has. To experience this colourful culture in the most authentic of ways, visit Old Town Central, which is steeped in both Chinese and British cultures, and is a place that reveres tradition as much as it does innovation. It’s a neighbourhood that offers plenty of activities and experiences for MICE events.

Non-Stop Mega Events

There’s something happening in Hong Kong every month of the year, whether it’s a traditional festival, arts exhibitions or major sporting event. Many of these mega events, such as the Hong Kong Sevens and Wine and Dine Festival, are well-suited for MICE visitors, meaning that you’ll never have a dull moment here, no matter when you visit.

The Wine And Dine Capital Of Asia

Hong Kong is a true gourmand’s paradise, with more than 15,000 food establishments serving all types of cuisine and manners of cooking, from traditional Chinese to international fare with contemporary flair. It’s also a place where you can eat and drink for incredible value-for-money; not only is there no import tax on wines, you can easily score a Michelin-recommended meal for as low as US$2.

World-Class Accommodation

Despite its small size, Hong Kong is home to more than 280 hotels with over 79,000 rooms, many providing unmatched meeting facilities, standard setting services and comfort when you are thousands away from home.

Safety First

Hong Kong continually ranks as one of the safest cities in the world. In fact, it ranked fifth in terms of safety and security in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.

Hong Kong At A Glance

With its tax-free status, low tax rates and zero customs tariffs on most imported goods, Hong Kong is an extremely competitive place to meet for business.

Hong Kong’s ranking on the Heritage Foundation’s 2018 Index of Economic Freedom.

Flight time to half of the world’s population.

The value that the Hong Kong currency is pegged to the US dollar.

Anniversary year of the Hong Kong International Airport, which serves more than 220 destinations and more than 120 airlines. Visit the HKIA booth (D4446) to learn more about the airport’s services.

Number of countries and territories, including the US, where nationals enjoy visa-free access to Hong Kong.

For more information on this story, write to neha@experientialplanner.com with details of your brief so we can loop you in with the right person/s. 

Hong Kong is conveniently located in the heart of Asia, making it the region’s most connected destination for any event.

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