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Mice Net : February 2009
hong kong at a Getting there Hong Kong International Airport welcomes 60 airlines bringing travellers from 130 global destinations on 350 flights daily. The flag carrier of Hong Kong is the renowned Cathay Pacific, but Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and other airlines fly to Hong Kong from Australia. The Airport Express links the airport directly to Hong Kong’s central business district (23 minutes). Weather Hospitable all year round, from the middle of September to the end of February Hong Kong’s mild climate and clear days (17-24 degrees C) are perfect for business travel. The weather from May to mid-September is very warm, humid and rainy (up to 30 degrees C) with typhoon potential. Harbour view of Hong Kong from Kowloon. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board. The new MEHK will market aggressively to corporates and incentive houses and, Lau confirms, “will use any tools required to win big bids, including offering hospitality and other incentives.” The MEHK funding will be spent on three fronts: on focused marketing campaigns to build Hong Kong’s MICE brand, on tailored services for event planners and corporates to convert interest in Hong Kong and on ‘one stop shop’ bid and marketing support to Hong Kong MICE operators. Under the “Hong Kong – Converging Possibilities” marketing platform, which includes a dedicated website – www.mehongkong.com/eng/mice/ - MEHK will field representatives in high-potential markets. Global launch events, including at February’s AIME in Melbourne, will roll out new brand materials. These will position multilingual Hong Kong as strategically located and business friendly, providing access to the might of Chinese suppliers and manufacturers alongside high-octane entertainment options and visa-free entry for 170 countries. The tailored, in-market service that MEHK will offer is designed to deliver on these brand promises, with MEHK representatives arranging logistical support for events, from the selection of unique venues and immigration support, to VIP receptions and cultural exposés. For the Australian market, MEHK will provide assistance from the HKTB office in Sydney. Visa requirements Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter Hong Kong for a period of up to three months without a visa. Longer stays require a visa, as does all travel to mainland China. For more information: http://au.china- embassy.org/eng/ Helpful Cantonese Phrases Welcome - foon ying Goodbye - joy kin Hello - nei ho Thank you - ng goi (for a service), dor dze (for a gift) How much? - Gei dor tsin? How do I get to (place)? - (Place) dim hui? Or look up these websites: www.cantonese.ca/, www. cantonese.ca/phrases.php Dining Hong Kong has 9000 restaurants and is renowned for its fusion of Eastern and Western cuisine and seafood. The different districts of Hong Kong each have unique flavours to offer, but good Chinese food is available everywhere. Must try: Hong Kong-style tea, for its richness and aroma; Hong Kong’s sweet egg tarts, famously favoured by ex-Governor, Chris Patten; crispy roasted goose. Itinerary Ideas For itinerary ideas, go online to “Itinerary Planner”, HKTB’s latest online tool to assist travellers with planning their holiday - www.discoverhongkong.com/planner. mice.net 181 glance