Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…read more
Hong Kong trade exhibitions and conferences continue largely unaffected by protests
The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) has issued assurances to all participants, buyers and exhibitors attending trade exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong that events are running smoothly and without interruption.
Despite nearly three months of mass pro-democracy protest, HKECIA has advised that the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), are accessible by foot, private cars, freight trucks and public transportation including subway, and are fully operational.
HKECIA Chairman Stuart Bailey stated “business is as usual in Hong Kong. At this time we are seeing that major exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong are running without incident or interruption. Exhibition and conference events were not targeted for disruption. Hong Kong is definitely still open for business and safe to travel.
“Of course visitors should take extra care and be mindful of areas in which protests might be taking place and take note of any special traffic arrangements such as temporary road closures and disruptions on public transport. But it’s worth remembering that Hong Kong is consistently ranked one of the safest cities in the world.”
With the June to August period the peak months for consumer exhibitions in Hong Kong events such as the annual Hong Kong Book Fair were attended by nearly 1 million visitors over seven show days.
The annual trade and consumer exhibition, the Food Expo, and three concurrent exhibitions which utilise all the exhibition halls at the HKCEC was held as scheduled during 15th to 19th August with no interruption despite the staging of a protest rally on 18th August.
The four exhibitions brought together more than 2,100 exhibitors and welcomed a total of nearly 450,000 visitors.
There were cancellations of flights departing and arriving Hong Kong on 12th and 13th August due to operation disruption of the Hong Kong International Airport. Smooth operations of the airport terminals and normal flight movements have been resumed since 14th August.
Currently, the Airport Authority Hong Kong has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully obstructing the airport’s operation. At the same time, access control at the airport terminal buildings has been implemented. Passengers are reminded to arrive early for the relevant checks.
As of yesterday, the Seafood Expo Asia (SEA), originally scheduled for 3rd to 5th September at the HKCEC, is the only international exhibition that has been cancelled. Other international trade exhibitions scheduled for early September will go on as planned. They are: Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong X Gourmet Asia 2019 (3rd to 5th September), Natural Organic Asia 2019 (3rd to 5th September), Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair (3rd to 7th September), Asia Fruit Logistica (4th to 6th September) with Asiafruit Congress on 3rd September, and CENTRESTAGE (4th to 7th September).
Further statements updating international participants will be issued by the HKECIA should the current situation changes.
Images: HKCEC (top) and AsiaWorld-Expo on the cover of Australasian Leisure Management (below).
19th August 2019 - 2019 Global Wellness Summit relocates from Hong Kong to Singapore
9th August 2019 - Protests impact Hong Kong tourism
7th August 2019 - Event series to ‘connect Asia’s fitness industry’
30th July 2019 - Inaugural TicketingBusiness Asia conference to be held in Hong Kong
26th June 2018 - Survey confirms Hong Kong as Asia’s exhibition capital
30th November 2017 - Hong Kong’s exhibition industry responsible for more than 2% of local GDP
9th August 2016 - Study reaffirms economic benefits of Hong Kong’s exhibition industry
22nd December 2010 - AsiaWorld-Expo establishes itself as a world-class entertainment venue
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…read more
Talk To Us For Independent Advice & Specialised Services We're business people, not sales reps IP HUB is one of Australia’s leading advisors on telecoms for both small businesses and…read more
Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…read more
Welcome to The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC). We provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing…read more
PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…read more
Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…read more
At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!