Hong Kong, an international finance and trade centre, has two major convention and exhibition venues. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai has been in service since 1988, where the AsiaWorld-Expo near the "new" Hong Kong International Airport on the Lantau Island was opened in 2005.
|Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront|
Each year, exhibitors and conference attendees from every corner of the world gathers at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to participate in the hundreds and thousands shows, expos, conferences and meetings.
|The second phase, "new wing", of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre|
The Centre is also open to the general public for trade shows such as the Asia Game Show, Hong Kong Mega Showcase, Wedding Expo, Winter BookFest, and Inno Design Tech Expo that were reported on our blog previously. Finance companies, investment banks and warrant issuers often hold mini-lectures in the conference rooms.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre has undergone major expansions just prior to 1997 to cope with the popular demand. The second phase, that looks like a flying bird or a crouching turtle, was built and became a key landmark on the Victoria Harbour. A small area in front, at the waterfront of Wan Chai, became the Golden Bauhinia Square, a popular attraction for mainland Chinese tourists.
|The Golden Bauhinia and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre|
The competition in the Convention and Exhibition industry in Asia is fierce. In the past decade, Macau, Guang Zhou and Singapore built centres better than the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with a clear goal to get a slice of the pie. Macau and Singapore have also added Casinos to lure exhibitors and conference attendees. Hong Kong must formulate new strategies to stay competitive in the game.