Hong Kong Tourism’s Convention Ambassadors Secure Two Mega Tech Events
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Industry Watch | September 30, 2021 | News
Hong Kong Tourism Greater Bay Area Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Conference IEEE Region 10 Conference (TENCON)
Further to the announcement on the return of RISE, one of Asia’s largest tech conferences, as an in-person event in March 2022, Hong Kong Tourism through its the Hong Kong Convention Ambassador (HKCA) programme has secured two technology events that will be held next year – the first Greater Bay Area Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 2022 (GBAAIR) Conference and IEEE Region 10 Conference 2022 (TENCON), which was last held in the city in 2006.
The two conferences are expected to attract industry experts and strengthen the city’s position as a pivotal innovation and technology (I&T) hub, according to HKTB. Dates of the two conferences have not yet been announced.
In May 2021, HKTB announced that over 100 distinguished leaders of business and professional bodies in Hong Kong have joined forces with it as HK Convention Ambassadors to promote the city as the premier choice for regional and global Meetings, Incentive trips, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE).
Through the HKCA programme, the HKTB provides one-stop support for both large and small events for the I&T sector, as well other business and professional fields.
Artificial intelligence and robotics experts from Hong Kong, Mainland China and around the world are expected to flock to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for the GBAAIR Conference, the first large-scale conference of its kind to take place physically in the Greater Bay Area since the pandemic.
The conference will be hosted by the Hong Kong Society of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in tandem with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), which is part of the HKCA programme.
Willy Lin Sun Mo, GBS*, JP**, Chairman, HKPC, said, “Playing host to this event will underscore Hong Kong’s first-rate research capability in artificial intelligence and robotics, which has been identified as one of the key pillars of the city's innovation economy and a prime part of the National Key Technologies Research and Development Programme. We are delighted that the HKCA programme was launched in time, and the HKTB is a great partner, offering professional support every step of the way, especially for first-time organisers.”
The high-profile technology and engineering event will gather more than 1,000 cross-disciplinary professionals, academicians, industry leaders, researchers and students.
Dr Paulina Chan, Chair of the IEEE Hong Kong Section and the General Chair of TENCON Conference, said, “We’re excited to host TENCON, an IEEE flagship conference in Hong Kong again in 2022. Hong Kong is an ideal destination for technology-business integration and an international hub for hosting professional conferences in Asia. We had a great experience working with the HKTB. I am confident that the upcoming TENCON will reach new horizons in global participation, anticipating multi-disciplinary professional profiles and dynamic exchanges among international attendees.”
Dane Cheng, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), said, “Since starting the HKCA programme, we have received tremendous support from more than 100 ambassadors, who are all prominent leaders of business and professional bodies in Hong Kong. Their concerted efforts will lead to a new era of opportunity for both Hong Kong tourism and the city’s multi-sector development. We are confident we will achieve further success with our ambassadors and make Hong Kong the world’s meeting place for business events.”
Note: *GBS stands for ‘Gold Bauhinia Star’, the honours system of Hong Kong that replaced the British honours. **JP is an honour denoting ‘Justice of the Peace’.
The first Greater Bay Area Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Conference and IEEE Region 10 Conference (TENCON), which was last held in the city in 2006, will be hosted in 2022.