French Minister Gilles de Robien visits AsiaWorld-Expo site
The visiting Minister for Infrastructures, Transports, Housing, Tourism and the Sea of the French Republic, Mr Gilles de Robien, today visited the construction site of AsiaWorld-Expo at Hong Kong International Airport. The HK$2.35 billion exhibition and event venue is one of the major infrastructure projects involving French investment in Hong Kong in recent years.
"On behalf of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, we warmly welcome Mr de Robien's visit as AsiaWorld-Expo marks a new chapter for Hong Kong as it is one of the pioneer public-private partnerships as well as the Hong Kong-French business joint ventures. Its success is derived from a prudent, detailed planning process as part of Hong Kong's efforts to reinforce its status as the Trade Fair Capital of Asia," said Nicolas Borit, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited.
AsiaWorld-Expo is a public-private partnership involving funding from the Hong Kong SAR Government and the private-sector consortium including Dragages Hong Kong Limited and Yu Ming Investments Limited, with the Airport Authority Hong Kong contributing the land. Dragages Hong Kong Limited, a Hong Kong-based French construction arm of the listed Bouygues group, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in Hong Kong in 2005 when AsiaWorld-Expo is scheduled to open.
Phase 1 of AsiaWorld-Expo will provide over 70,000 square metres of rentable space and the Phase 2 development will expand the total space to 100,000 square metres.
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AsiaWorld-Expo has emerged as one of the world’s leading EXPOtainment venues, offering over 70,000 square metres of rentable space that is comprised of 10 state-of-the-art, ground-level and column-free exhibition halls including the Arena – the biggest indoor seated venue in Hong Kong with a maximum capacity of 14,000. Strategically located at the heart of a multi-modal transportation hub and adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. AsiaWorld-Expo, with a convenient and in-venue MTR station, enjoys efficient transport connection to Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and other global regions.
With a proven track record of successes, AsiaWorld-Expo has received a number of accolades, namely the “Best International Venue” at the coveted Exhibition News (EN) Awards organised by Mash Media, a leading UK media for MICE in partnership with UFI, and the “Outstanding Venue Award” presented by The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA). For 8 consecutive years, AsiaWorld-Expo has been named as the “Best Convention & Exhibition Centre in Asia Pacific” by the prestigious CEI Asia magazine.
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