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Hong Kong is back in the game as a MICE destination

Macao’s major competitor has shaken off the pandemic blues and signed up several global and regional meetings and exhibitions for the coming year.

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Macao’s major competitor has shaken off the pandemic blues and signed up several global and regional meetings and exhibitions for the coming year.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

Hong Kong is on a convention-winning streak, landing major finance, tech, education and medical conferences in 2023.

Among the major wins are the EDGE Global AI & Web3 Investment Summit, scheduled for September and expected to bring in 10,000 delegates, and the 16th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Session, also in September.

In December, the city will play host to the  Insurtech Insights Asia 2023 Conference, with an expected attendance of more than 2,500.

Ander Tsui, organiser of EDGE Global AI & Web3 Investment Summit and co-chair of the Hong Kong Blockchain Association, called Hong Kong “a world-class stage for Web3 and artificial intelligence events.” 

[See more: Sands China convenes a ‘MICE & Luxury’ forum in Singapore]

He added: “Not only does it draw global venture capital, investment institutions, and enthusiasts from across the globe, but it also serves as the perfect gateway to the dynamic GBA. We look forward to seeing our high-octane event debut in Hong Kong.”   

The Hong Kong Tourism Board’s general manager of MICE, Kenneth Wong, said “The growing demand is providing a welcome stimulus for Hong Kong’s economy.” He credited “Hong Kong’s leading status across various industries and tremendous opportunities brought by the Greater Bay Area.” 

The city’s confident post-pandemic revival as a MICE destination comes as Macao seeks to make large-scale events one of the four pillars of its economic diversification strategy (along with technology, finance and healthcare).

“We need to acknowledge that there is competition in these areas such as MICE,” the University of Macau’s associate professor of integrated resort and tourism management, Glenn McCartney, told media recently. The rivalry, he said, was “not just from Hong Kong, but in other regional jurisdictions.” 

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

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