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Mice Net : February 2009
hong kong C M New business events infrastructure While Hong Kong offers a convenient gateway to China and other emerging economies, one question is whether sufficient new infrastructure is being developed to cater to the demands of increasing numbers of business travellers. It seems Hong Kong has this covered, with a number of exciting new developments coming to market. In 2009 the second expansion of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre will be completed. Adding 19,400 square metres to the HKCEC, the expansion will bring the total exhibition space to nearly 83,000 square metres. And the Hong Kong Government, says Anthony Lau, is already talking about a “third face” of the venue in the future to cater for demand. Due to complete construction in 2010, the top floors (102 to 118) of the International Commerce Centre tower in West Kowloon will house the Ritz Carlton Hotel, providing 300 luxury hotel rooms and facilities, 101st floor dining and prime office space below. The 100th floor Observation Deck will offer panoramic, 360 degree views of Hong Kong. There is also a renewed awareness of the value of heritage to the tourism sector in Hong Kong. As part of this program, the Marine Police Headquarters Heritage Hotel Development in Tsim Sha Tsui will be completed this year, transforming the 120-year-old building into a 30-room boutique hotel. Further, the Hong Kong Government is said to have earmarked another 10 new sites for developing and building hotels and additional new hotel rooms to support the growing MICE market. ABOVE: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board. 182 mice.net Y Key contacts Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong (Australia/New Zealand contact) Ms Jane Scribner, manager consumer marketing & business tourism Tel: (02) 9283 3083 Email: email@example.com www.mehongkong.com/eng/mice/ China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited Doris Lam, deputy general manager Tel: (+852) 2160 5018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PC Tours and Travel Mr S N Chu, executive director Tel: (+852) 2734 3307 Email: email@example.com Tour East (Hong Kong) Ltd Yung Chik Sum, manager Hong Kong Tel: (+852) 2366 3111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Creative Personnel/Event Planners Imagine Hong Kong (http://www.imaginehk.com) Contact person: Ashley Redsell, client services director Tel : +852 2139 1188 Email : email@example.com JP Productions Ltd (www.jp-pro.com.hk) Contact person: Ms Patricia Kho, director Tel: +852 2797 2322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CM MY CY CMY K