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HKCEC welcomes record breaking 6.4 million visitors in 2014/15
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has marked a remarkable 2014/15 staging a total of 1,113 events, including 111 exhibitions and 38 conferences along with hundreds of corporate meetings, banquets and entertainment events.
Affirming its status as the preferred venue for international organisers staging world-class exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong, these events, along with diners at the HKCEC’s seven restaurants, saw 6.4 million people attend the venue - breaking the HKCEC’s attendance record.
Seven of the year’s 111 exhibitions were new at the HKCEC. They included industries as diverse as foreign exchange service, natural and organic products, photo imaging and camera, vegetarian food and rail. The other 104 exhibitions were recurrent events, which continued as the backbone of the HKCEC’s exhibition portfolio. In the reporting year, 15 of the recurrent exhibitions recorded double-digit growth in terms of gross exhibition space compared with their previous editions.
Conference business remained strong. Among the 38 conferences held at the HKCEC, 31 were international and 12 were new to the venue, covering different subjects including medical science, yoga, banking, and electrical and electronics engineering.
The strong attendance is especially positive in light of the Occupy Central protest movement that took place in Hong Kong during the peak trade fair season in October and November 2014. Despite the HKCEC being nearby the affected area, its management and staff worked closely with exhibition organisers to enable all trade exhibitions at the HKCEC to proceed uninterrupted.
This achievement, in face of difficult external circumstances, demonstrates the solid foundation of Hong Kong’s exhibition industry and underlines Hong Kong’s successes as the leading city for international exhibitions in Asia.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) is the professional private management company responsible for the management and daily operation of the HKCEC.
Commenting on the successful year, HML Managing Director Monica Lee-Müller stated "we take pride in attracting organisers from around the world to Hong Kong, and providing quality services for event attendees.
“At HML, we are targeting more upmarket events and niche topics, like auction events, art exhibitions and luxury product shows,” she comments. “Our advanced facilities, talents and experience allow us to tap the up and emerging markets. Event attendees of these markets look for a total experience and quality, such as food and beverage, technology and customer service etc.”
“We strive for providing innovative solutions for people to meet. I am delighted that event organisers clearly recognise our commitment to enhancing HKCEC’s competitiveness through our continuous investment in new technologies, new equipment, and new talent.”
HKCEC highlights of 2014/15:
• 111 exhibitions:
• 38 large conferences or conventions:
• 66 entertainment and special events
• 409 banquets, with 136 serving over 1,000 guests
• 489 other events, including corporate events, media conferences, seminars, and smaller meetings.
From its opening in 1988 through to 30 June 2015, the HKCEC has hosted 44,209 events and welcomed over 92 million visitors.
17th December 2014 - HKCEC VOTED ASIA’S BEST FOR THE 12TH TIME
18th November 2014 - HKCEC RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR SUSTAINABILITY
22nd June 2011 - HONG KONG’S EXHIBITION INDUSTRY REAFFIRMS LEADING ROLE
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