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Hong Kong building programme answers 'pressing need' for space

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is being extended as part of plans

Pictured: HKCEC

A new convention centre -  stretching over 23,000sqm - will be built in Hong Kong as part of a long-term strategy to increase the number of international meetings the city hosts.

The new venue will be built near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), in Wan Chai, according to Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam.

The site currently holds three government buildings, which will be demolished and redeveloped in order to create a new wing that can be connected to HKCEC.

A hotel will be built on top of the exhibition space.

Lam said: “To maintain and consolidate the international status of our convention and exhibition industry, there is a pressing need for new venues. Otherwise, Hong Kong will miss opportunities to host some of the large-scale conventions and exhibitions.”

She added: “After a detailed study, we consider that the priority is to build a new convention and exhibition venue of international standard in the proximity of the existing Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.”

In addition to the new wing of the HKCEC, a new convention centre above Exhibition MTR (Mass Transit Railway) Station will provide another 15,000 square metres of convention space.

Lam also stated that as a longer-term plan, the site of the Wan Chai Sports Ground may be earmarked for the further development of conference and exhibition facilities.

The aim is to reinforce and enhance the status of Wan Chai North as a convention and exhibition hub in Asia, whilst continuing to explore the feasibility of expanding other existing convention facilities across Hong Kong.

Dawn Page, director UK & Europe, Hong Kong Tourism Board, said: “We are delighted to hear of the plans to develop and expand the conference and exhibition facilities in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is an established destination well served to host MICE events, and with this increase in venue space we can continue to grow MICE business to the city, and see further wins on bids for large-scale conferences and exhibitions.”

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