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Old April 18th, 2009, 03:39 AM   #41
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Engineering marvel. A 15-minute documentary is really not long enough from engineering perspective.

It may not looks anything special, but it is indeed a very special building in terms of engineering and architecture.
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會展擴建礙利益 財團角力
29 May 2009
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灣仔會議展覽中心(下稱會展)三期擴建計劃除了可能演變成兩大展館的衝突外,背後也涉及財團的利益,負責營運會展的是新世界發展(00017)旗下的新創建(00659);而持有亞洲國際博覽館(下稱亞博)13.5%權益的投資者,則是工銀亞洲(00349)及法國的寶嘉集團。

亞博當年由政府、禹銘投資(00666)、寶嘉集團投資23.5億元興建,再由機場管理局出地,首期總面積7萬平方米。項目自2006年開業以來,曾經因位置問題而租用不理想,寶嘉後來收購禹銘權益。後寶嘉引入工銀亞洲,入股價為1.38億元,後者攤佔亞博權益約5.4%。亞博未有透露盈利,早前亞博向政府提出興建第二期,即增加3萬平方米面積,但至今仍未有結果。亞博能要求擴建,相信開始有盈利收益,但若會展三期擴建,相信會對亞博構成頗大競爭。

至於會展則由新創建負責營運,去年度帶來經營溢利達4.529億元,增長12%,佔集團經營溢利34%,盈利十分可觀。可以想像,若能拓展第三期,自然對新創建的盈利有相當裨益。
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Old June 30th, 2009, 07:42 PM   #43
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22 Jun 2009
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HKCEC expansion offers concert venue enhancements

(22 June 2009) The second expansion to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) opened in April has added several enhancements to the venue's Hall 5BC which is regularly used in an arena configuration for music concerts.

Capacity audiences for Eason Chan and Air Supply concerts on 11 June and 12 June respectively have proved the benefits of the enhancements through heightened efficiency and reduced time for ingress and egress to the Centre's concert hall.

The enhancement work includes additional concourse space and added escalators adjacent to Hall 5BC, which greatly improves crowd management, especially for patrons¡¦ egress following concerts. Also new are a green room and dressing room facilities along with additional back stage space for VIP receptions and media gatherings.

Roks Lam, President of Wolfman Jack Entertainment, the HKCEC's most active international organiser for music events said, "The enhancements to the HKCEC's arena configuration show HKCEC management's commitment to luring more quality artists to Hong Kong and the HKCEC. The improvements will assure the artists an even better experience and the word of these improvements will travel quickly through the industry. It is also wonderful that we have such a venue in the heart of Hong Kong and professional management to ensure a proper venue operation and dedicated customer services for the patrons."

The column-free Hall 5BC, with seating up to 8,000 and 3,200 seats on a retractable telescopic seating system, is fully-equipped with extra acoustical material for highest sound quality and multi-media communications links.

The HKCEC is managed and operated by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), a private professional management company. The HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Holdings Limited, the infrastructure and service flagship of New World Development Company Limited, embraces a diversified range of businesses in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau. Its Infrastructure portfolio includes Roads, Energy, Water and Ports projects. Its Service & Rental division comprises Facilities Rental (the management of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and ATL Logistics Centre), Contracting (Hip Hing Construction and NWS Engineering), Financial Services (Taifook Securities and New World Insurance) and Other Services (New World First Bus, Citybus and New World First Ferry).
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:58 AM   #45
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Chief thinks big on HKCEC expansion
The Standard
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has given the thumbs-up to a further expansion of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a public consultation expected this year.

"We now organize two of the world's biggest trade shows, and eight of Asia's biggest trade shows," Tsang said. "But there is even greater potential for further expansion."

Tsang was speaking at the joint opening of the HKCEC's HK$1.4 billion Atrium Expansion and the 20th Hong Kong Book Fair.

Even with the Atrium Expansion which will add 19,000 square meters of exhibition space, the new- look HKCEC "pales into insignificance compared to what even one casino is able to offer in our neighbor [Macau]," Tsang said.

The Trade Development Council, which owns the HKCEC together with the government, has said that a venue with a combined exhibition area of no less than 100,000 square meters is needed to satisfy demand and stay competitive.

Originally built at a cost of HK$1.6 billion, the HKCEC opened in November 1988 in Wan Chai.

It was expanded in June 1997 at a cost of HK$4.8 billion, more than doubling its prime function space.

The Atrium Expansion project, which began in 2005, increased the center's total exhibition space by 42 percent - equivalent to an extra 1,000 exhibition booths - to 66,000 square meters.

The public consultation on Phase 3 of the convention center will be launched this quarter.

Existing government buildings and public facilities will need to be moved to make room for the expansion, Tsang said.

Officials have said they are looking at building a new structure on the site of a swimming pool near the Wan Chai waterfront.

The public will be consulted and the government will balance the interests involved.

The government and the TDC are "extensively examining" the case for a Phase 3 expansion.

"I think so far the Trade Development Council has made a very strong case and we have to consider [it] very carefully," Tsang said. "The option remains open and Phase 3 remains my dream."

TDC chairman Jack So Chak-kwong said yesterday that an expansion is needed to consolidate Hong Kong's status as Asia's top convention destination.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 12:43 PM   #46
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i dont like the look of the expanded part of the HKCEC, its ugly & uninspiring, a huge contrast to the stingray shaped, curving rooftop main building, just awkward...... further expansion? yuke
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Helicopter deal makes travel easier for rich
28 July 2009
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Commercial and leisure helicopter travel from downtown has become a lot easier with the government's agreement to allow Heliservices to ferry passengers from the temporary Government Flying Service facility in Causeway Bay.

Yesterday's launch of the helicopter service was almost six years in the making following the closure of a heliport near Fenwick Pier at the end of 2003 to make way for the Central-Wan Chai harbour reclamation.

Heliservices, part of the Hong Kong Aviation Group owned by the Kadoorie Group, has a twin-engine Eurocopter AS355N Squirrel available for hire at HK$20,000 an hour. It seats up to five passengers with light luggage. A special promotion with The Peninsula hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has rooftop helicopter facilities, offers a cross-harbour flight and high tea at HK$1,080 per head.

Heliservices flies within Hong Kong but is keen to operate non-scheduled cross-border flights to the Pearl River Delta pending Beijing's approval, Hong Kong Aviation chief executive Chris Buchholz said.

"Although we can't fly cross-border flights now, we are trying to get the infrastructure ready so that when Beijing approves it, we can take advantage of it," he said. "I believe there will be a lot of demand for such services, especially from people wanting to fly direct to factories in the Pearl River Delta."

Heliservices pays the government a fixed monthly rent and a fee every time its helicopter lands at the temporary facility, although the Government Flying Service always has landing priority. Mr Buchholz declined to disclose the fees but said the agreement was valid until permanent heliport facilities were built at the northeastern corner of the Convention and Exhibition Centre site in Wan Chai, hopefully by 2011.

Meanwhile, the number of visitors to Hong Kong dropped 14 per cent in the first three weeks of this month compared with the same period last year, the chairman of the Tourism Board, James Tien Pei-chun, said yesterday.

The decrease was similar to that recorded in the past two months, when total arrivals dropped about 15 per cent year on year. Mainland visitor and short-haul tourist numbers each declined 16 per cent this month, Mr Tien said. Long-haul travellers decreased slightly by 2 per cent. That was because baseline figures were smaller, as long-haul visitor numbers had begun declining mid-last year.
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會展倘擴建 新世界不獲「優先」
31 July 2009
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灣仔會議展覽中心第三期擴建計劃雖尚未正式拍板,但背後已牽引一場財團爭奪戰;港府昨回應查詢時強調,如第三期擴建計劃落實,負責營運會展逾廿年的新世界發展(00017)旗下的新創建(00659),「不會優先取得管理權」,即會展第三期的管理及營運權將會招標。

計劃未拍板 已牽財團爭奪戰

新創建發言人昨回應,會展第三期擴建即將展開諮詢,屆時再作回應。

貿發局發言人則回應指,暫未有有關第三期的營運細節或財務安排等資料,將來還要與港府磋商。將來第三期的管理及營運權將會招標。

第三期管理及營運權 將招標

有熟悉展覽業運作人士透露,招標未必等同公開招標,不排除當局在招標時定下附加條件,包括邀請具財政實力或相關經驗的財團參與。

新創建的會展管理公司,早於80年代中期,與港府就會展舊翼簽訂40年合約,回歸前再就會展新翼簽訂20年合約。

特首曾蔭權早前表示,貿發局就發展會展三期有好強理據(a very strong case),並指第三期「仍是我的夢」;觸發財團感到政府有強烈意向在灣仔發展第三期。

但業界與政界一直質疑新創建與貿發局攤分的會展業利潤,令新創建取得較優厚利潤;廠商會立法會議員林大輝早前在立法會提出2點質詢,包括香港參展費在經濟嚴峻下,不減反加;其次,會展管理公司每年只須向貿發局繳付8.63%的收入。

以07/08年度,貿發局收取的經營權費用,只是7,720萬元;但新創建因經營會展業務,去年經營溢利達4.529億元;意即負責營運的新創建賺取利潤是貿發局的6倍!令致有商界人士質疑,若擴建會展第三期,涉嫌令新創建最受惠。

有業界人士則反駁,80年代簽約時,正值香港前途未明,管理公司需冒較大風險;現時展覽業務盈利可觀,外界卻眼紅。

商務及經濟發展局發言人昨回應查詢指,貿發局正與政府考慮第三期計劃,現尚未有定案,如計劃落實,會展管理公司不會優先取得管理權。

民建聯議員黃定光預計,會展第三期擴建,較理想方案,還是在現時的灣仔運動場地皮作發展地點。

但公民黨議員陳淑莊認為,會展擴建涉及包括會展業發展及灣仔居民利益,當局需要小心處理,她亦補充,灣仔區內人士的康樂運動需求非常殷切,一旦當局決定於灣仔運動場進行擴建,則必須妥善處理運動場重置問題。
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Region is already spoiled for choice of convention facilities
17 August 2009
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Once the Convention and Exhibition Centre extension in Wan Chai was completed, the government reaffirmed its plan to have a third phase of expansion. This proposal must be closely studied, otherwise what is built could become another white elephant.

Hong Kong already has two major conference and exhibition centres - the one at Wan Chai and AsiaWorld-Expo at the airport, totalling more than 160,000 square metres. The region is spoiled for choice when it comes to exhibition, conference and event facilities, with Taipa in Macau and Guangzhou's Pazhou complex.

Continual expansion of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) facilities does not guarantee top spot in the regional trade exhibition league.

Even if demand for additional trade exhibition spaces is growing rapidly in the middle of a global recession that has yet to bottom out, should we be single-mindedly putting all our eggs in one basket - that is, allocating all additional space under one roof in Wan Chai? We have to assess the adverse impact of this expansion on nearby residents and consider the additional problems it could bring in terms of security and congestion.

AsiaWorld-Expo has often been used as an entertainment venue hosting internationally famous rock bands. Instead of loading the Convention and Exhibition Centre with more exhibitions and events, we have to close the huge gap between the two existing sites with regard to utilising capacity. We cannot afford the luxury of jamming exhibitions into one site while turning the other site into a venue for rock superstars.

Looking further ahead, we should look into the possibility of diverting some conference business to West Kowloon Cultural District. Bear in mind that the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed train is scheduled to be in operation by 2013.

With a new facility, business travellers from the mainland would constitute visitor traffic in the cultural district while a conference was taking place and Mice facilities would be strategically dispersed.

Edward Chan, tutor, Lee Shau Kee school of business and administration, Open University of Hong Kong
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Hong Kong's exhibition industry fares well despite global slump: survey

HONG KONG, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Despite the challenging global economic climate in the latter half of last year, Hong Kong's exhibition industry fared better than expected, with a relatively mild decrease in trade visitors during the year, according to an annual market survey released by the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) on Monday.

As shown in the survey, the number of trade visitors in 2008 totaled over 551,000, falling by 9.4 percent, compared to 2007.

"Given the extreme economic circumstances facing most world economies in the second half of the year, the statistic is an encouraging proof that Hong Kong remains a sourcing hub of global importance as compared to a drop of some over 10 to 25 percent in other parts of the world," said HKECIA in the report.

What's more, the number of trade visitors from the Chinese mainland declined by only 3 percent with over 170,000 recorded in 2008, while the numbers of visitors from companies based in Australia, New Zealand recorded over 174,000, decreasing by 13 percent compared to 2007.

"These strong visitor numbers from the Chinese mainland are a powerful reminder that Hong Kong plays a pivotal role in connecting China to the rest of the world," the report said.

The report also mentioned that the net square meterage occupied by exhibitors in 2008 declined by just 2.44 percent compared to 2007. And the number of exhibitions occupying a gross area of more than 1,819 square meters actually increased 1.05 percent to 96 in 2008.

"These survey findings are an encouraging reminder that Hong Kong remains Asia's premier sourcing hub and a truly global marketplace," remarked Stanley Chu, HKECIA Chairman, adding that with government and industry support, he was confident that the industry will quickly come out of the current recession and once again take the lead as a major engine of economic growth.

The HKECIA survey rated number of exhibiting companies and visits, space occupied and stand revenues at major exhibitions held in Hong Kong from January to December 2008. The HKECIA distributed the questionnaire to 55 organizing companies which ran 110 exhibitions in Hong Kong across the calendar year. A total of 96 questionnaires were completed.
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this is awful and incredibly dull - looks like it's the facade for a carpark.
Yes, it doesn't blend in at all with the rest of the facade. In fact it doesn't look at all like the renderings they had on-site. Does it possibly have to do with the Phase 3 expansion and the fact that more construction on that side is likely?

The west side of the connector looks far better.
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I thought phase 3 will be separated out and sit on the current bus terminus?
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I thought phase 3 will be separated out and sit on the current bus terminus?
Could be located at the bus terminus and taking over the Wan Chai Sports Ground, but it hasn't been decided. It's still going around.
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Dear God, what the hell have they done to this place? As someone pointed out, the West side looks good, but...Jesus, what the hell is that?
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i believe the green stuff is just protection tape during the construction phase. If i remember correctly, i have seen pic of this side recently showing the color is just white.
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i believe the green stuff is just protection tape during the construction phase. If i remember correctly, i have seen pic of this side recently showing the color is just white.
if the green stuff is protection tape, then it's gonna be worse! imagine the whole wall being monotonous and simply aluminium-cladded!

anyway, i doubt that's the case - the green bit's just opaque glass.
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if the green stuff is protection tape, then it's gonna be worse! imagine the whole wall being monotonous and simply aluminium-cladded!

anyway, i doubt that's the case - the green bit's just opaque glass.
i think he means the dark green wrapping outside the scaffolding, preventing the fall objects fly outside the construction area.
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New group defends HKCEC expansion
11 September 2009
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New political group Economic Synergy yesterday leaped to the defense of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion.

The group _ comprising legislators Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung and Sophie Leung Lau Yau- fun _ ran counter to both Civic Party and Democratic Party lawmakers who queried the need for the expansion and whether it should be carried out by New World Development.

Leung and Lam, who are Trade Development Council members, said the global average usage of exhibition centers is 50 percent compared to HKCEC's 58 percent.

``They [the pan-democrats] said the utility rate is only 40 percent, which is untrue. The current 10 major trade shows have nearly fully utilized the HKCEC,'' Lam said.

Occupying 66,000 square meters, the HKCEC is smaller than others in the region. Lam warned the city would lose out without the expansion.

The group said the TDC has decided on open tender for the expansion instead of exclusively giving it to New World.
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Convention centre chief seeks big expansion
27 October 2009
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Any plans to increase the size of the Convention and Exhibition Centre should ideally add between 20,000 and 30,000 square metres because it will probably be the last chance to expand the venue, according to managing director Cliff Wallace.

"We truly have nowhere else to go. We're getting landlocked," he said.

The 21-year-old Wan Chai venue more than doubled its exhibition space to 64,000 square metres when an extension was built over the water in 1997. Work on a further 20,000 square metres was completed about six months ago. But unlike the first two extensions, a third expansion is more tricky. The need to build in town and possibly affect the location and views of a number of buildings in the area is politically sensitive because different interests are involved.

The venue's owners, the government and the Trade Development Council, which is keen to add more space, are exploring the need for another expansion. The council is responsible for developing, designing and running the venue.

Wallace said it would be important that any expansion be operated by the same manager, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management), a wholly owned subsidiary of NWS Holdings.

He said show organisers were averse to dealing with different managers for the same venue. Also, separately managed facilities could end up hosting rival shows that cannibalised each other's business.

A management agreement signed between NWS and the council in 1985 prevents the council from hiring other management companies. It also stops NWS from managing other exhibition centres in the city for 40 years, while managing the centre.

Some legislators have opposed this deal, arguing that the right to manage the venue should be awarded in an open tender.

Based on projected demand for exhibition space, Wallace said a third expansion was justifiable. But given the downtown location, there were limited options. Ideas for a third expansion had been floated over the years, he said, including building in front of the Great Eagle Centre, on top of the adjacent bus terminus.

Another plan involved taking over the Revenue Tower site and other government buildings across Harbour Road. Digging underground was also considered. The latest idea is to build on the site of the Wan Chai Sports Ground.

In 1985, Wallace, hired as a consultant on the design, planned for future expansion. Expecting the venue to grow, he had dismissed an idea to erect a marine offloading facility at the waterfront because further expansion over the water would have then been impossible. The idea for the facility was to allow barges to ferry containers of exhibition equipment to and from the venue by sea.

He said now was the time to start thinking about expanding to prepare for when the venue's occupancy hit 70 per cent. A venue's "practical maximum occupancy" is considered 70 per cent, since the halls cannot be booked every day because of maintenance and the time needed to set up and dismantle booths.

Occupancy levels at a venue usually fall when more exhibition area is added. When 19,400 square metres of space became available in April, the venue's overall occupancy rate dropped to an average of about 50 per cent, compared with "the low 60s" before.

Wallace said he expected occupancy levels to rise to "well into the 60s" and approach 70 per cent in the coming four to five years.

But even with the backing of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, little progress on a third expansion has been made.

"It's probably stuck because it's simply not been thought out in a strategic fashion based upon the fundamentals of why one would expand a major international convention and exhibition centre," Wallace said.

"This third expansion will be equally justifiable in terms of future demand for business in Hong Kong, which to us is the only reason to expand a building."
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