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Old January 27th, 2008, 06:53 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | Convention and Exhibition Centre Extension | Pro

Extension for shows center
10 September 2007
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The Hong Kong government has given the green light to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Phase III extension, a move analysts said would help the city better compete with the emerging threat from Macau.

Members of the inner circle of the administration, including Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, are supporting the development, a senior government source told The Standard.

They believe additional capacity from Phase III will help Hong Kong stay competitive as a leading convention city in Asia, the source said. "There is an urgency to speed up the expansion of the HKCEC," Jeffrey Lam, chairman of the Trade Development Council's Toys Industry Advisory Committee, told The Standard.

Lam said there is often a long waiting list of exhibitors who were unable to book space at HKCEC trade fairs. "Obviously, Macau would like to take away business from us," Lam said. "Nevertheless, we still have our competitive edge in terms of software.

"What we lack is hardware - the exhibition space." The Phase III Benjamin Scent and Bonnie Chenextension will expand the floor space to beyond 100,000 square feet, a member of the 19-person governing body of the TDC said.

The newly-enlarged HKCEC facilities have an exhibition area comparable to the Venetian Macao, which has about 111,500 square meters of meeting, convention and exhibition space. "The Venetian attracts, first of all, because of the huge space that is available, and the other [reason is] entertainment," said Credit Suisse analyst Gabriel Chan. "In Hong Kong, the space is almost always full."

Phase III will be developed on land now occupied by the bus terminus and sports grounds near Great Eagle Centre, the government source said.

Although the existing sports facilities will be demolished, the TDC plans to build new sports facilities on top of the HKCEC Phase III structure to serve the public interest.

In tandem with the expansion, the government will rebrand HKCEC as an all-around complex offering exhibition, performance, and sports facilities, the source said.

"The Venetian attracts, first of all, because of the huge space that is available, and the other [reason is] entertainment," said Credit Suisse analyst Gabriel Chan. "In Hong Kong, the space is almost always full."

Phase III will be developed on land now occupied by the bus terminus and sports grounds near Great Eagle Centre, according to the government source. Although the existing sports facilities will be demolished, the TDC plans to build new sports facilities on top of the HKCEC Phase III structure.

In tandem with the expansion, the government will rebrand HKCEC as an all-around complex offering exhibition, performance, and sports facilities, the source said.

"There's not that much convention business in Hong Kong right now," said Morgan Stanley analyst Rob Hart. "Macau is better situated to focus on the convention business, and there's plenty of other convention business around in the Pearl River Delta region."

The Phase III extension follows the Atrium Link extension, now under way and expected to be completed in 2009.

The Atrium Link extension, which links the Phase I and Phase II wings of the convention center, will add 19,400 sq m of exhibition space, an increase of 42 percent, for a total exhibition area of 66,000 sq m.

At the moment, the HKCEC offers 49,000 sq m of exhibition space spread between the Phase I and Phase II wings. Plans call for construction to begin on the Phase III project in 2009. Work is expected to be completed by 2015.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 08:33 PM   #3
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It would be nice to see a rendering of how it will look.I hope they don't ruin this buildings,wich IMO is one of the best ever designed by SOM.
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Design is great and location is excellent !
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nice project

HK has neglected its seaside too much, I think
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Hotel and convention facilities spruce up to fend off competition
1 October 2007
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Intensifying competition from hospitality and convention service providers in Macau and Singapore has triggered a wave of renovations across Hong Kong's hotel and exhibition facilities.

Some hotels, especially those in the neighbourhood of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai and those lining Nathan Road, are masking their properties with scaffolding or suspending services to make way for thorough facelifts.

The need for a rejuvenated image and enhanced services is pressing after the opening last month of the US$2.4 billion Venetian Macao casino resort, which has a one million square foot retail mecca, 1.2 million sq ft in convention space and 3,000 hotel rooms. The resort is the first of 13 casino hotels Les Vegas Sands is developing on Macau's Cotai Strip.

Adding fuel to the cut-throat competition is a US$3.6 billion gaming, conference-cum residential project in Singapore, another Sands project, due for completion in 2009. "The real threat should come from Singapore," said Hong Kong Hotels Association executive director James Lu. "Macau will create some competition in leisure tourism in the short-term but don't underestimate Singapore."

He pointed out that Singapore and Hong Kong, which are more comparable in terms of tourism, financial development, infrastructure and logistics, will enter a fresh round of competition for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) in two years when Sands finishes a 100,000 sq ft facility for this purpose and a 1.2 million sq ft space accommodating 52,000 visitors.

Sarah Benecke, executive director of Global Sources, a business-to-business media firm organising trade shows, said Hong Kong had a niche in sourcing and trade fairs due to its proximity to the mainland, and that buyers and sellers were so busy attending trade fairs in Guangzhou and Hong Kong during the April and October sourcing seasons that she doubted they had time to attend any in Macau.

Nevertheless, to fend off competition, Hong Kong's government is forking out HK$1.4 billion to add 194,000 sq ft at the convention and exhibition centre in Wan Chai for a total of 900,000 sq ft, an increase of 28 per cent, according to the centre's marketing and sales manager Monica Lee Muller. The expansion, scheduled for completion in early 2009, was focused on enlarging the three existing halls to attract more trade mega-exhibitions, she said.

The four-star Novotel Century Hotel on Jaffe Road, near the convention and exhibition centre, was close to wrapping up its US$10 million refurbishment programme, said Maarten Boers, general manager delegate for Hong Kong at French hotelier Accor Group, which manges the hotel.

"Everybody is doing the same and wants a refreshed look," he said. "The major aim [of our renovation] is to maintain market share." Mr Boers added that 70 per cent of the hotel's guests were corporate travellers.

The four-star Renaissance Harbour View Hotel attached to the convention centre was also touching up its public areas to stay competitive, its spokeswoman said.

Across Victoria Harbour on Nathan Road, Mr Boers said the 380-room Majestic Hotel, which hospitality investor LaSalle Investment Management purchased in June for HK$1.6 billion, would be revamped and converted into a Novotel hotel at a cost of HK$188 million.

The Majestic will temporarily close its doors in mid-November for the revamp before its re-launch in April, he said.

About 500 metres away, the four-star Miramar hotel will soon embark on a HK$300 million overhaul, including its façade, about 500 guest rooms, restaurants and ballrooms, over the next 12 months.
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even though it is expending in size, but it is still not big enough compared to the convention centers in surrounding area, like Shenzhen and Macau
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even though it is expending in size, but it is still not big enough compared to the convention centers in surrounding area, like Shenzhen and Macau
The key is to attract the top conventions and exhibitions, and leave the rest for the secondary centres such as Macau and Shenzhen. But then, international delegates are likely flying into Hong Kong first, since the air network is far more extensive, so the spinoff effect on the local economy can still be felt even though the event is happening outside our borders.
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That's gonna be great, well worth the time and energy of those involved, i'd really like to go over and visit hong kong, seems like an amazing place, and looks stunning in the photo here.
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Events organisers crying out for venues
8 September 2008
South China Morning Post

The renovations of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium and Hong Kong Coliseum might give events organisers more flexibility but, with an extremely high occupancy rate, they do not help ease the city's shortage of venues.

Concert organiser Florence Chan Suk-fun said the renovations would not solve the core problem. "Now we can only hope that the West Kowloon [Cultural District] has more venues of higher capacity so that more different kinds of shows can be staged here in Hong Kong," she said. "This is an international city and we need that."

The two venues have been popular choices for entertainment and cultural events, as well as sports events.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department said that as of last month, Queen Elizabeth Stadium was 75 per cent booked to July next year. Sixteen per cent of bookings were sports events, ranging from ball games to boxing; 18 per cent were entertainment events such as pop concerts and talk shows; and 12 per cent were cultural events including classical and jazz concerts and ballroom dancing. The remaining 29 per cent were events such as school functions and seminars.

The Coliseum has been close to 100 per cent booked in recent years.

Ms Chan said that there has been a serious lack of performance venues in Hong Kong and, with the Coliseum closed for renovation, fewer shows have been staged.

"Hirers have already begun fighting over the schedule for next year. But it is time for the venues to be renovated," she said. "The Coliseum is ageing and there are a lot of mosquitoes."

Michael Roche, director of Lushington Entertainments, said these government-run venues had been in desperate need of upgrading, "particularly bearing in mind age, wear and tear over the years and the lack of reinvestment despite the extremely high rentals, posted by 20 per cent of the gross takings per show".

In the meantime, before the completion of any new venues, other privately owned indoor venues such as the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai, AsiaWorld-Expo near the airport, and Star Hall at the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kowloon Bay, remain in demand.

AsiaWorld-Expo's head of business development, Monique Yeung Wai-chung, said bookings had been strong for the past 2 1/2 years and the future was promising.

However, at the HKCEC - which will have its atrium expansion completed next spring - trade exhibitions were the priority. The HKCEC said the atrium expansion would increase the exhibition space but not concert seating.
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HK venues expand to keep up with demand
19 September 2008
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There were more than 230 conventions and 108 trade and public exhibitions held in Hong Kong last year, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association said the total number of visitors to exhibitions continued to rise, topping 5.7 million last year, an 18 per cent increase over 2006.

The overall number of visitors from outside Hong Kong rose to more than 700,000 last year. Nearly 220,000 came from Asia-Pacific, which is a more than 4 per cent increase from the previous year. Also, more than 240,000 came from the mainland, about a 47 per cent increase, and more than 250,000 from the rest of the world, representing an increase of about 9 per cent.

Hong Kong is a trade-fair hub and premier meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions destination and so the shortage of space is an issue. It is particularly serious during autumn's peak fair-season.

Corporate meetings and incentives escalate demand for meeting space, leaving organisers queueing to book space for trade fairs at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The centre and AsiaWorld-Expo are the main venues for exhibitions.

The centre celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It was expanded in June 1997 but this expansion has not kept up with the rapid growth.

A centre spokesman said: "We realised by 2005 that for fairs to be successful {hellip} we needed more space. Demand for space for exhibitions surged. At least two shows annually were using every square metre of available space in the building.

"A waiting list of exhibitors for various shows increased each year. Even after the present expansion [which will be completed next spring], our management is projecting a need for additional space as early as the next decade."

The expansion at Atrium Link began in May of 2006. An extra 19,400 square metres of exhibition space will create a total of 83,045 square metres of exhibition space and 92,061 square metres of total rentable space.

Two new restaurants, an expanded Harbour Road Café and an executive meeting room of almost 900 square metres would improve the availability of food services and banqueting at the centre, the spokesman said.

This year is a good one for the venue as it hosted the World Ophthalmology Congress 2008 (from June 28 to July 2) and Evolution: Asia Yoga Conference (from July 3 to 6). The congress was the biggest of its kind in Asia. More than 1,000 faculty members and 10,000 delegates from more than 110 countries participated in the congress. The event used almost all meeting space at the centre and featured 1,140 prominent international speakers in 314 scientific sessions covering 28 sub-speciality areas in ophthalmology.

The congress welcomed more than 3,000 participants from the mainland, a record figure for the event.

The 700,000-square-metre AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) opened in 2006 and has played host to a range of international exhibitions. China Sourcing Fairs are held every April and October. Other fairs include ITU Telecom World, Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress and Asia's Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Fair, which is held every March, June and September.

To cope with future development, the venue is gearing up to expand. A source said the AWE planned to add six halls to add about 100,000 squaremetres to the venue.

The calendar of events at AWE for the rest of this year and next reflects a good mix of recurring and new events.

Among the new events is Courier and Parcel Logistics Expo 2009 to be held next May. This will be a premier international trade show and conference dedicated to the fast-growing global express and parcel delivery services sector.

Another new development around the AWE site is the opening of the five-star 658-room SkyCity Marriott Hotel which will be in December.

The Regal Airport Hotel, with 1,171 rooms and suites, 31 function rooms and six restaurants, also benefits from fairs and conventions held at the AWE.

Guests can enjoy a full range of facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and spa centre. The hotel is also close to SkyPlaza, an integrated shopping and entertainment centre.

A spokeswoman at Regal Hotels International said: "There is keen competition from nearby cities Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai and Beijing. The exhibition and meeting space in Macau, Guangzhou and elsewhere in the Pearl River Delta are comparatively large in size and scale. Hong Kong needs to further upgrade meeting, conference and exhibition facilities and the government should take the lead [in driving this expansion].

"When AWE's Phase2 expansion and HKCEC Phase3 expansion are completed the total exhibition space in Hong Kong will be able to cope with future market growth."
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施政報告:會展中心進行第三期擴建
(星島)10月15日 星期三 11:54

行政長官曾蔭權今早在立法會發表新一份的《施政報告》。曾蔭權表示,香港要維持國際會展中心地位,需要增加香港會議展覽中心的展覽面積。會展中心的中庭通道擴建工程將於明年完成。政府及貿易發展局現正積極考慮在會展中心的現址附近進行第三期擴建,詳細研究及公眾諮詢工作會盡快展開。此外,政府會加強負責海外推廣香港的機構之間相互協作,包括香港經濟貿易辦事處、貿易發展局、投資推廣署及香港旅遊發展局,制訂城市品牌及宣傳策略。


會展會增加展覽面積
(明報)10月15日 星期三 11:50

行政長官曾蔭權認為,香港要維持國際會展中心地位,需要增加香港會議展覽中心的展覽面積。

他說,會展中心的中庭通道擴建工程將於明年完成。政府及貿易發展局現正積極考慮在會展中心的現址附近進行第三期擴建,詳細研究及公眾諮詢工作會盡快展開。

此外,政府會加強負責海外推廣香港的機構之間相互協作,包括香港經濟貿易辦事處、貿易發展局、投資推廣署及香港旅遊發展局,制訂城市品牌及宣傳策略。
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缺會展場地 研第三期擴建
16 October 2008
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面對周邊地區積極發展會展業,施政報告中重提,盡快就灣仔會展第三期擴建,重新展開研究及公眾諮詢。政府消息透露,貿易發展局仍然屬意在灣仔碼頭巴士站一帶,進行擴建。

施政報告又總結,去年提出的10大基建,其中6項已經有動工時間表,包括廣深港高速鐵路香港段和港珠澳大橋,均可於2年之內率先施工。政府估計,當10大基建完成、投入運作到成熟階段,每年可為本港經濟創造逾千億元的增加值,並創造額外約25萬個職位,相等於2007年勞動人口的7%。

10大基建 創25萬職位

貿易發展局目前正在灣仔會展舊翼和新翼之間的中庭,開展擴建工程,預計明年完成。但政府消息強調,就算有關工程完成,本地亦缺乏會展場地,特別是在每年3、4月,以及10、11月的旺季,因此有必要研究第三期擴建,期望在2015至16年落成及投入服務。

消息人士解釋,若果第三期擴建的選址最終也在灣仔,日後便可舉行較大型的展覽活動。但他強調,貿易發展局仍須就此進行顧問研究,政府會視乎研究報告,再作考慮,包括評估對附近交通的影響,如何搬遷現有設施等,並會就此開展公眾諮詢。

除了10大基建之外,政府在2010年前亦有多項基建項目施工,包括屯門公路重建及改善工程、吐露港公路/粉嶺公路擴闊工程、港鐵西港島線和觀塘延線等。

立法會財務委員會在過去2年,批出的工程項目多達179項,聯同西九龍文娛藝術區的216億元的一次性注資,撥款多達820億元,總數和總金額均超越前年的104項及224億元。
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〔港報社評〕穩中求勝務須把握時機,積極推動會展三期擴建
20 October 2008
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歐美直接入股,國有化一些主要銀行,使這些銀行不致倒閉之後,除了信貸市場稍見和緩,整體情況未見顯著好轉.就香港而言,多個亞洲國家被列入"高危"名單,中國經濟增長顯著放緩,藍籌大公司中信泰富也在外匯投資虧損巨大.連串事態,說明金融海嘯的具體影響呈日漸逼近之勢,香港政府除了謀定而動,也要利用時勢,把握時機,積極推動解決會展中心第三期擴建的問題,增加香港會展業的競爭力,為香港經濟創造較好的發展條件.

由於金融海嘯對香港構成多大破壞,哪些環節需要即時救助,目前仍難知曉,曾蔭權在香港施政報告中以"穩中求勝"方針,未見大動作,在此背景下可以理解.但是希望他所領導的經濟機遇委員會,日後並非僅只放眼外地,也要因應香港實際情況,掌握機遇,加強香港一些產業的競爭力.

例如,香港要維持國際會展中心地位,就要改善自己的條件,其中一項就是要增加會展的展覽面積,曾蔭權在施政報告中,就此只有寥寥數語,說香港政府及貿發局正積極考慮在會展中心現址附近進行第三期擴建.關於會展擴建,延宕日久,再拖下去,肯定會削弱香港會展業的競爭力,政府宜趁此經濟低迷之際,盡早提出方案諮詢,在社會主流要救經濟的大前提下,過去幾年一些阻力(例如抗拒徵用灣仔運動場)可能不會再那麼強大,問題是:港府有沒有決心推動?社會有沒有共識去加強香港經濟的競爭力?(A03)

註:以上的評論僅為摘要,並且不代表路透立場.
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The first post states that the extension is to be completed by 2015. It looks like the structure is complete and cladding/fitout remains. Not sure if that will take 6 years though!
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