AsiaWorld-Expo is pleased to announce it has been named one of the top three ‘Best Convention/Exhibition Centres’ in Asia at the renowned CEI Asia Industry Awards 2012 — a remarkable achievement for a venue which has only been in operation for six years. Organized by prominent MICE publication CEI Asia magazine, the awards are based on votes and feedback by professionals and readers from the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) industry worldwide. This year’s awards also mark the first time that Hong Kong has had two venues (AsiaWorld-Expo and HKCEC) listed in the top three, which is a powerful testament to Hong Kong’s status as a world-class MICE destination.
Regarding AsiaWorld-Expo’s award-winning performance, CEI Asia magazine commented: “Standout events hosted by AsiaWord-Expo in 2011 included the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair in September, organized by UBM Asia Limited.” The fair took place over two venues but there was a 30% increase in visitors in the first 2 days of the fair at AsiaWorld-Expo alone in 2011. In the same month, AsiaWorld-Expo unveiled its latest ‘Economic Contribution Assessment Report’ conducted by KPMG, which indicated the venue had contributed HK$13.4 billion to the local economy in 2010, a 25% increase on the previous year.
“We are deeply honoured to be recognised by globally-renowned industry leaders and professionals,” added Allen Ha, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited. “Being named one of the top three ‘Best Convention/Exhibition Centres’ is a high-profile recognition of our commitment to excellence, including our enhanced transportation network. In making this award, CEI Asia magazine also mentioned the two-venue collaboration that underpins the extraordinary success of the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair in September. This visionary business co-operation has enabled Hong Kong to win two of the top three places in this year’s ‘Best Convention/Exhibition Centres’, which is yet another reminder of Hong Kong’s strength as a MICE industry leader.”
AsiaWorld-Expo has welcomed numerous international and regional exhibition and convention events in the past six years. In addition to hosting many recurrent trade exhibitions such as the world’s largest Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair, as well as Global Sources’ electronics and gifts and premiums trade shows, AsiaWorld-Expo also attracted the record-breaking ‘Animated version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival’ Exhibition, and the debut of both Vitafoods Asia and CARTES in Asia. Moreover, ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA has recently confirmed that it will also move its annual show from HKCEC to AsiaWorld-Expo in 2012.
Local and international entertainers have likewise made AsiaWorld-Expo their venue of choice in Hong Kong. Local pop singer Jacky Cheung has recently announced that he will hold a new series of concerts at AsiaWorld-Expo, and performances by other pop idols and super stars will be announced in the coming months. To complete this action-packed schedule, AsiaWorld-Expo will be hosting a number of public events throughout 2012.
“AsiaWorld-Expo has always focused on providing high quality and professional services,” remarked Allen Ha. “As a relatively new venue, AsiaWorld-Expo has dedicated itself to continually enhancing its services and earning the respect of the entire MICE industry. We are thrilled with this recognition from CEI Asia magazine and will use it to continue to inspire new service innovation. Looking ahead, we are also excited by the many opportunities brought to us by the Pearl River Delta region’s economic development, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, as well as the visionary developments outlined in China’s ‘12th Five-Year Plan’ announced by the Chinese Central Government. By seizing all these opportunities, AsiaWorld-Expo will continue to play a key role in its contributions both to the MICE industry and Hong Kong.”