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HKECIA prepared for business revival with annual conference updating members of latest trends and putting additional focus on sustainability
(Hong Kong, 23 June 2022) The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA”) successfully held the annual conference on 1 June to update members of the latest industry information and trends.
The physical conference was hosted at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and was attended by over 130 members and non-members. Aiming to update members and industry players of the latest industry trends and government’s plan to support tourism recovery, the conference opened with speeches from Mr Edward Yau, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and Mr Stuart Bailey, the newly re-elected Chairman of HKECIA, followed by a presentation by Mr Dane Cheng, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) to share the up-to-date global tourism market outlook, HKTB’s overall strategy for the convention and exhibition industry, and plans for tourism recovery.
Conference participants were interested in the analysis of Hong Kong’s exhibition industry from the global and regional’s perspectives presented by Mr George Leung, CEO of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Mr Leung also shared insights on how Hong Kong’s exhibition industry could tap into the opportunities in the Greater Bay Area, under the Mainland’s National 14th Five-Year Plan and could work together with local business community to lobby for the roadmap of enabling international business travelers to travel without restrictions.
The conference also covered the hottest topic of what NFTs are and how could NFTs be applied to the convention and exhibition industry.
Another highlight of the conference is the panel discussion among venue operator, event organiser and contractor about the journey to sustainable exhibitions in Hong Kong.
The HKECIA also hosted its Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) on 1 June 2022, from which the new term of the Executive Committee was elected. The Chairman, Executive Vice Chairman, two Vice Chairman, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary were also appointed in the 1st Executive Committee Meeting following the AGM. Mr Stuart Bailey is pleased to have been re-elected as the Chairman of the HKECIA for the fourth time.
At the AGM, members voted to rename the ‘Operations Subcommittee’ to become the ‘Sustainability and Operations Subcommittee’. This new sub-committee will be tasked with identifying and measuring initiatives which target the reduction of waste and the reusing of materials in stand construction. The new sub-committee will be working on an “HKECIA Sustainable Charter” in the coming year and which will invite members to sign as part of their commitment to being an agent for positive change.
Mr Bailey commented that Hong Kong’s exhibition and convention industry has survived another challenging year, the fact that there are still a hundred companies represented by HKECIA is a testament to the resilience and belief that Hong Kong will continue to play an important role as the super-connector between the Mainland and the rest of the world.
He said, “There is a huge appetite for largescale international events to resume but we need to have a plan that, with reasonable certainty, shows the international business community that they can travel without restriction or disruption. Almost every other city in the region has already done away with mandatory quarantine periods, while Hong Kong, which now has achieved high immunity rates through vaccination and natural immunity, is still effectively isolated. We will continue to join other business associations and chambers of commerce to lobby the HKSAR government to lift these travel barriers.”
About the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association
The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) was established in 1990 to promote Hong Kong as a world-class exhibition and conference destination and the trade fair capital of Asia Pacific. It works to represent the interests of all members involved in the exhibition and convention industries, and provides a unified voice in dealing with the government, legislative and statutory bodies, the media and public organisations, on all matters associate with the role of the exhibition and convention industry in Hong Kong’s economy. In addition, it offers training and educational programmes, and collects, analyses and distributes information and statistics relating to the industry. Currently, HKECIA has over 100 members including exhibition organisers, venue managers and operators, contractors, hotels, and travel agents.
HKECIA is a member of UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and AFECA – The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations.
2022-2024 HKECIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
|1.||Bailey Communications Hong Kong Limited (Mr Stuart Bailey)||Chairman|
|2.||Global Sources (Ms Wendy Lai)||Executive Vice Chairman|
|3.||AMC (Exhibits) Ltd (Mr Adolph Chan)||Vice Chairman|
|4.||Comasia Ltd ( Mr Peter Cheung)||Vice Chairman|
|5.||Coastal International Exhibition Co Ltd (Ms Brenda Yau)||Hon. Secretary|
|6.||Informa Markets (Mr David Bondi)||Hon. Treasurer|
|7.||Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd (Ms Rita Chu)||Executive Committee Member|
|8.||AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited (Ms Enid Low)||Executive Committee Member|
|9.||Baobab Tree Event Management Co Ltd (Ms Culsin Li)||Executive Committee Member|
|10.||Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (Ms Juanita Leung)||Executive Committee Member|
|11.||CP Exhibition Ltd (Mr Andrew Kay)||Executive Committee Member|
|12.||EnviroEvents (ReThink) Limited (Mr Chris Brown)||Executive Committee Member|
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited(Ms Monica Lee- Müller)
|Executive Committee Member|
|14.||Hong Kong Tourism Board (Mr Kenneth Wong)||Executive Committee Member|
|15.||Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Mr Stephen Liang)||Executive Committee Member|
|16.||Milton Exhibits Group (Mr Peter Jung)||Executive Committee Member|
|17.||Pico International (HK) Ltd (Ms Anne Li)||Executive Committee Member|
|18.||TKS Exhibition Services Ltd (Mr KS Tong)||Executive Committee Member|
|19.||Ungerboeck Systems International (Ms. Janice Chan)||Executive Committee Member|
For further enquiries, please contact:
Ms Alexandra Seto
Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association