I absolutely love Hong Kong, so when the opportunity to revisit Hong Kong came along I jumped at the chance. I have not operated there for more than five years, so a catch up is long overdue...
Five years is a long time and Hong Kong, once THE Asian destination, has seen competition from Singapore, China itself and other destinations, such as Bangkok, all chasing the incentive and conference spend.
Departing on the 9th March, my itinerary is packed with tours and inspections, including Macau. I’m eager to see what has changed since I was last there and what Hong Kong is doing to pitch it right back into consideration for incentive travel groups.
Hong Kong - Getting Back on the Map?
To get up to speed a bit, one thing I did before leaving was check out some facts and figures, and get a view of what to expect in the next few years. I did find that business meetings traffic to Hong Kong from Europe and the Middle-East was down slightly in 2011, although spend was up, and increased for visitors from the SE Asia region. One other thing I noticed was general tourist traffic from Europe had increased significantly so I wondered why the difference and what is the incentive travel and conference market from Europe missing out on? Here’s a taster of what Hong Kong is doing to raise its appeal
- Improvements for cruise events – a new terminal using the old runway at the old Kai Tak airport
- A new arts and cultural district in West Kowloon
- Halving the rail travel time between Guangzhou with a new express rail link
I intend to take a lot of pictures and will provide an update on what I saw, what I think will work and what will help put Hong Kong back on the map. Here are some of the places I will see:
- The Mandarin Oriental
- The Peak Tram and Sky Terrace
- Stanley Market
- Murray House
- Harbour Cruises
- Temple Street Night Markets
- Aqua Restaurant
- Macau by TurboJet ferry, a tour and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site
- The Excelsior
- The China Club