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Mice Net : February 2009
hong kong tHE uNMIStaKablE buzz of hong kong Story by Alexis RoitmAn 2008 and beyond Hong Kong’s proximity to China is a definite drawcard. A rguably Hong Kong’s greatest asset is the fact that it is so close to Mainland China, is increasingly integrated with China, and yet is culturally and commercially distinct. Its unique history and location present business travellers with a marketplace designed to facilitate commercial exchange along with the buzz that comes with being at an international crossroad. Hong Kong has the sophistication and commercial nous that mainland Chinese cities are said to lack. As one local executive commented, “Mainland [Chinese] cities may be building the infrastructure, but it’s the mindset that has to change also. Believe me, that will take decades, but it’s second nature in Hong Kong.” Anything seems possible in Hong Kong. The buzz, scale and sheer flashiness of Hong Kong life gets into the blood of business visitors very quickly, offering thrilling opportunities not only to make serious money but to spend it in myriad ways. The city’s diverse expatriate communities can also be a key asset for MICE business. Through Hong Kong’s wealth of clubs and bars, they facilitate professional links for business travellers as much as an inside track to a good time. Most hotels are located in the heart of the compact city in Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East in Kowloon, so visitors are never far from shopping, sights and major venues. The city and surrounding archipelago deliver meeting venues and incentive experiences tailored for smooth and effective business, and which are increasingly mindful of showcasing Hong Kong’s unique cultural heritage and natural beauty to foreigners. Now more than ever, Hong Kong’s appeal as a destination for conferences, meetings and incentives is strong, vibrant and poised to capture new business as the global economic axis tilts towards the developing economies of the East. ABOVE: Tsing Ma Bridge. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board. 184 mice.net July 2008 World Ophthalmology Congress (at HKCEC). More than 12,000 overseas delegates. July 2008 Hong Kong –Shanghai International Liver Congress 2008 (at HKCEC). Close to 2000 liver disease specialists from around the world participated. Aug 2008 SICOT/SITOT 2008 XXIV Triennial World Congress (at HKCEC) More than 1600 overseas delegates. Oct 2008 CASBAA Convention 2008 (at HKCEC) More than 1100 overseas delegates. Dec 2008 47th Orient & South East Asian Lions (OSEAL) Forum (at Asia World Expo). More than 6000 overseas delegates. Dec 2008 Business of Design Week 2008 (at various venues). Bodw is one of the premier design events in the world. More than 10,000 overseas delegates attended. 2009 Onwards: Feb 2009 19th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (at HKCEC). Anticipated more than 3500 overseas delegates. Sep 2009 Asian Aerospace International Expo & Congress (at Asia World Expo). Expected more than 10,000 delegates. Sep 2009 SIBOS 2009 (at HKCEC) Expected 8000 delegates. Jun 2010 Collegium Internationale Neuro- Psychopharmacologium International Congress 2010 (at HKCEC). Expect more than 4000 overseas delegates. Aug 2013 59th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). ISI is one of the oldest international scientific associations which leads the development of statistical methods and their applications. More than 1700 delegates are anticipated. major conferences