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Issue May-Jun 2015
Record attendance and excellent feedback for 2015 UFI Open Seminar in Asia
Hong Kong hosts Asian debut of ASAE Great Ideas Conference
iFX Expo Asia doubles attendees, Hong Kong appointed as event host until 2019

Hong Kong hosts distinguished educational “Rock Stars” at Worlddidac Asia 2015
Lights, Camera, Action! Adventures await at Ngong Ping 360
Create your own ‘Amazing Race’ team event here in Hong Kong

Top MICE agents from China, Indonesia and India visit as guests of MEHK
Discover why Hong Kong is Asia’s premier MICE destination

Asian Attractions Expo, 16-19 June 2015
World Glaucoma Congress 2015, 6-9 June 2015
International Digestive Disease Forum, 6-7 June 2015
A business city unlike any other with culture to match

Record attendance and excellent feedback for 2015 UFI Open Seminar in Asia

This year’s UFI Open Seminar in Asia, jointly hosted by MEHK and the HKECIA, broke attendance records with over 270 delegates from 21 countries converging on Hong Kong. Organized by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, the 2015 event was the 10th edition since its inauguration in the city in 2006.

The UFI Open Seminar in Asia is one of the most important industry events where the world’s leading tradeshow organizers, fairground owners and operators and ancillary service providers can exchange new ideas and best practices and to network. An impressive line-up of distinguished speakers included Dr. William Fung of Li and Fung, along with Andrew Strachan from Art Basel Hong Kong.

“UFI sincerely thanks the HKECIA and HKTB for hosting the seminar. We received very positive feedback from many delegates about each and every aspect of the seminar. The fact that more than 270 peoples left the seminar with a strong, positive impression about Hong Kong is a true testament to the city’s capabilities to host world-class events of all types. The Hong Kong seminar was UFI’s most successful and memorable event” said Mark Cochrane, UFI’s Regional Manager in Asia.
Hong Kong hosts Asian debut of ASAE Great Ideas Conference

MEHK was a proud event partner for the first ASAE Great Ideas Conference held in Asia from 22-24 March. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) hosted over 200 high-profile association leaders and decision makers from 16 countries for the prestigious Great Ideas in Association Management Conference, which educated participants on different areas of association management.

The MEHK team helped facilitate a better understanding of Hong Kong, and the Greater Asia Pacific region, through hosting sessions on how to do business in Hong Kong and fun cultural experiences including sunrise Tai Chi and Calligraphy. Hong Kong was showcased as the gateway to Asia’s business opportunities and a premier destination for MICE events.
iFX Expo Asia doubles attendees, Hong Kong appointed as event host until 2019!

iFX Expo Asia 2015, held in Hong Kong this January, is a thought-provoking and dynamic annual retail finance business-to-business expo. The event attracted over 3,000 industry brokers, service providers, investment bankers and affiliates, as well as the media’s most influential reporters.

Hong Kong proved once again why the city is one of the world’s leading financial centres and Asia’s number one business-savvy city. Thanks to Hong Kong’s strong work ethic, efficiency and MEHK’s professional support, attendees doubled from last year’s event in Macau. The finance industry’s best and brightest flocked to the Hong Kong event from all over Asia, noting the ease of meeting in Hong Kong’s strategic location, visa free travel, and close proximity to Mainland China.

The event was such a success, iFX Expo Asia has announced Hong Kong as host for the next four years, until 2019! Congratulations to the Hong Kong iFX Expo Asia team and MEHK for this huge achievement.
Hong Kong hosts distinguished educational “Rock Stars” at Worlddidac Asia 2015

Worlddidac Asia, held in Hong Kong for the first time in March at the AsiaWorld-Expo, brings the global education community together to learn about the latest innovations and developments in the education sector. The show organiser took advantage of Hong Kong’s unique position as the gateway to Mainland China to host its 6th edition which attracted thought leaders and industry experts from 16 countries. With the strong support from MEHK, the organiser was able to bring “Rock Stars” in the education sector including former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard to speak at the event.

Mr Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education of the Hong Kong SAR, delivered the event’s opening keynote and shared the Hong Kong government’s vision on education. He also highlighted the city’s work towards establishing a centre of excellence and becoming the leading education hub in Asia. The event brought an array of new educational technologies from around the globe, many of which were internationally debuted in Hong Kong and showed the educational competitiveness of Hong Kong schools.
Lights, Camera, Action! Adventures await at Ngong Ping 360.

Ngong Ping 360 introduces two thrilling new attractions: Stage 360 - movie-themed adventure, and Motion 360 - a multi-sensory experience.

Reward and incentivise over 100 guests by taking them behind the scenes of a classic Hong Kong action movie, an experience only available at Stage 360. They’ll watch stuntmen perform classic action sequences from famous Hong Kong films and even get to enjoy the high-energy action first hand.

Motion 360 takes guests on a magical spaceship for an exciting, multi-sensory 4D ride across stunning Lantau Island. Take in the incredible sky, land and sea as guests coast over the Big Buddha, then dive with Lantau Island’s famous white dolphins. This is the perfect way to show your guests what a dynamic city of contrasts Hong Kong truly is.
Create your own ‘Amazing Race’ team event here in Hong Kong

Create an experience your team will never forget with Adventure Asia’s Moove City challenge – a supercharged event based on the television phenomenon ‘The Amazing Race’. This team building exercise is an impressive way for your guests to explore the city, ignite their competitive spirit and set the pace for your event as a motivating, high-energy affair occasion.

A subtle mix of time and skill ensures this is an adventure those of all ages and abilities can master. The event is run from digital devices and teams are guided along five exciting checkpoints. This is an effective experience for teams in need of communication development or strategy and planning experience. The Moove City challenge can be completed as a half-day or full day initiative.
Top MICE agents from China, Indonesia and India visit as guests of MEHK

MEHK initiated a 2014 Hong Kong Top Agent Awards Program with three strategic MICE markets – Mainland China, Indonesia and India. The program aims to reward top performing MICE agents and identify sustainable business opportunities for Hong Kong.

Fifty-four delegates from winning MICE agencies were awarded with an incredible Hong Kong experience, hosted by MEHK. An award ceremony was the highlight of the organised visit which aimed to showcase Hong Kong’s latest MICE offerings and encourage the agents to bring more clients to the city. The tour included an agenda packed with iconic attractions including the Victoria Harbour experience by helicopter, horse racing at the Shatin Racecourse, a visit to the Hong Kong 3D museum, the heady heights of Sky100 and team building exercises like Moove City challenge. Delegates were also treated to the excitement of two new Hong Kong attractions - the observatory wheel and the impressive Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show!
MEHK welcoming back the Asian Attractions Expo, 16-19 June 2015

Asian Attraction Expo is the premier international trade show and conference for the attraction industry in Asia. This four-day event, produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will offer educational programs for attractions operators, managers and executives right here in Hong Kong at the HKCEC. With Hong Kong’s strategic location and easy accessibility, attendees will benefit from valuable face-to-face time with 7,000 industry professionals representing all segments of the attraction industry from more than 65 countries. In 2015, the show boasts an exhibit floor increase of over 30% as compared to 2012 and the IAAPA are expecting a notable increase in attendees.

The event has grown significantly in recent years and MEHK now welcomes it back to Hong Kong. For the 2015 event, MEHK has made preparations to further enhance guests’ experience, starting at Hong Kong’s famously efficient airport -- Asian Attraction Expo attendees will be treated as VIPs with dedicated immigration counters offering swift and easy entry into the city. Upon arrival at the venue, guests will be presented with handy tourist tips at a Visitor Services counter manned by knowledgeable HKTB Visitor Services officers.
World Glaucoma Congress 2015, 6-9 June 2015

Hong Kong further establishes its status as a preferred international medical conference venue by welcoming the World Glaucoma Congress to the city for the first time in 2015. Held at the HKCEC, the congress will cover the entire gamut of glaucoma research and practice including basic science, clinical science, surgery and translation science. MEHK’s professional, comprehensive and timely proposal as well as its vast experience hosting medical conferences won the city this prestigious event by convincingly showcasing Hong Kong’s accessibility and business-friendly environment in the centre of Asia.

This influential MICE event will bring established, world-renowned opinion leaders together with the most talented young professionals and original thinkers in this industry. Hong Kong will serve as host to this important medical convention, with potential to improve the lives of thousands across the globe.
International Digestive Disease Forum, 6-7 June 2015

“Since its founding year in 2011, the IDDF has become one of the most important academic meetings of gastroenterology and hepatology in the Asia Pacific region” says Professor Justin C. Y. Wu, Chairman of IDDF 2015 Organizing Committee. Held at the HKCEC, this year the Chinese University of Hong Kong expects in excess of 1200 delegates at IDDF 2015. The forum will provide new insight into clinical research, therapeutic intervention and the latest practices in gastroenterology.

MEHK proudly showed its support for this significant event by sponsoring key networking highlights within IDDF’s dining program. IDDF organisers chose to bring their delegates to Hong Kong because of the ease of visa-free travel, the vast array of accommodation and venues, and our delightful city attractions. Additionally, forum attendees will be inspired by the best international thinking with state-of-the-art presentations by leading experts, a full day endoscopy live demonstration and two named plenary lectures given by distinguished leaders.
Discover why Hong Kong is Asia’s premier MICE destination

It takes a true, business city to deliver a business-class event. Hong Kong is that city.

At the Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong website, there are a series of resources, special itineraries, creative ideas, and discount deals tailor-made for the MICE industry and event planners.

Find out Why Hong Kong is the perfect place for meetings, incentive trips, conventions and exhibitions.
A business city unlike any other has a culture to match

There are insightful online resources that can help planners, organisers and corporations arrange after-hours activities or sensational incentives while in Hong Kong.

Click here to discover the latest information on the city’s cultural, dining and historical attractions.

Pre-plan for incentives and excursions, or investigate sample itineraries that explore the food, shopping and ecology of the city’s neighbourhoods.

You’ll also discover that Hong Kong’s world-class meetings and events infrastructure is matched only by its thriving culture.