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Hong Kong to increase meeting space by 40 per cent

The Hong Kong government has confirmed plans to dramatically boost the city’s convention and exhibition space – as a third peak of Covid-19 forces more events to be cancelled.

The latest government policy address pledged to press ahead with phase two of the Asia World-Exp and redevelop three government towers in Wan Chai North and the Kong Wan Fire Station.

The plans, first tabled in 2017, will increase convention space in Hong Kong by 40 per cent and were welcomed by the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA)

Stuart Bailey

Stuart Bailey, chairman of the HKECIA, said: “The effects of the pandemic have hit hard all stakeholders in our industry. We are still confident that we will beat this virus and that face-to-face exhibitions will come back stronger than ever combined with new ideas that will enhance deal-making and measurable business outcomes for all participants.”

While welcoming the government’s commitment to infrastructure projects, Bailey said they would be in vain if meetings industry suppliers, forced to stop work, didn’t receive financial relief.

“Hong Kong is experiencing another COVID-19 peak and some exhibitions have been postponed and cancelled. The HKEICA urges the government to provide more support and relief to the industry until business events can fully rebound, especially to the contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers.  If they cannot survive, our industry is unable to bounce back quickly after the pandemic.”