Grown up: HKCEC celebrates 21st anniversary

Wednesday, 09.12.2009
Hong Kong. Since the opening of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in November 1988, the venue has hosted just fewer than 37,500 events which have utilized over 52,000 event days in the venue considering many events such as trade fairs that are held over a period of several days. Cliff Wallace, HKCEC’s Managing Director […]

Hong Kong. Since the opening of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in November 1988, the venue has hosted just fewer than 37,500 events which have utilized over 52,000 event days in the venue considering many events such as trade fairs that are held over a period of several days. Cliff Wallace, HKCEC’s Managing Director believes this level of activity ranks among the top five busiest centres of its kind in the world and that the HKCEC could be the busiest of all convention and exhibition venues in actual number of events held annually.

The second expansion to the Centre opened this past April adding 19,400 sqm (209,000 sq. ft.) of exhibition space, 3 new restaurants, additional meeting and banquet space and other support facilities.  Functionality and logistical aspects of laying out the Centre’s events have been enhanced greatly. The Centre’s clients are expressing results and successes exceeding expectations following the expansion.  Total available rental space in the HKCEC has now reached 91,500 sqm (985,000 sq. ft.).

During his remarks to nearly 400 clients and special guests attending the 21st Anniversary ceremony held at the HKCEC on 26 November, Wallace said, “HKCEC’s management company, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition (Management) Ltd. (HML), remains committed to it’s customers and their guests to continue overall improvements to the Centre to meet the needs of event growth.

This will not only include ongoing emphasis on enhanced services and the addition of new technological provisions that are sure to become advantageous in the future to users and their guests, but it will include supporting further innovative means to expand the HKCEC including infrastructure improvements to assure efficiency of external operations and traffic provisions necessitated by further expansions.”

HML is the private and professional management company under contract with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to manage and operate the HKCEC. HML’s capital investment including construction, major improvements and renovation, and providing furniture, fixtures and equipment over the 21 years has approached HKD 2.0 billion dollars, not including daily operating cost of the venue which HML must also cover in full. The operating agreement requires that HML maintain the HKCEC to international standards and to provide ongoing capital investment in this regard.

Commenting on the impressive number of events during the 21 years, Wallace added, “The success of the HKCEC in which an average of 7 different clients are holding events and being served every day in the HKCEC speaks to the quality of our staff and management team. I could not be more proud of the team’s commitment, dedication and overall performance.

HKTDC Director of Corporate Development, Christopher Jackson, addressing those attending the ceremony remarked, “Thanks go out to the management team who has served the Centre so well during its 21-year history. The HKTDC is especially grateful to the HKCEC’s clients and service providers for their patience and tolerance during the construction period which allowed the venue to function almost without interruption during a massive and complex construction project virtually occurring in the very centre of the HKCEC between August of 2006 and April of 2009.” www.hkcec.com