The convention and exhibition (C&E) industry is vital to Hong Kong as an international business and trading centre. It promotes the overall economic development, trading, as well as Hong Kong brands across a multitude of industries. By attracting high-spending overnight business visitors to Hong Kong, it also creates additional employment opportunities in the city and business opportunities for the local tourism, retail, catering, and entertainment industries.
Each year, Hong Kong hosts a wide array of large-scale international C&E events, ranging from the Belt and Road Summit, Asian Financial Forum, Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference, and Business of IP Asia Forum, to arts and design magnets, such as Art Basel and the Business of Design Week. These world-class conventions and exhibitions are Hong Kong’s annual flagship events. Of all the international trade shows held in Hong Kong each year, over ten are the largest in Asia and globally for their respective trades, including electronics, jewellery, gifts, watches and clocks, lighting, amongst others.
To reinforce the advantages of Hong Kong’s C&E industry, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has ongoing projects to increase the supply of C&E facilities. These include the development of C&E facilities, hotel, and office in Wan Chai North by relocating three government towers and the Kong Wan Fire Station. Phase Two expansion of AWE is also under consideration.