Hong Kong & Macau: Buyer Verdicts

Two buyers with experience of running events in Hong Kong give their opinion on the destination for meetings and incentives.

Intercontinental hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Intercontinental hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Claire Hacking Marketing manager, Partylite UK & Ireland:

We took a group of 130 employees to Hong Kong for an incentive, staying at the Intercontinental on Kowloon Bay, which was phenomenal.

The rooms were exquisite, the service impeccable and of course the view from the bar area was breathtaking - everyone enjoyed the laser show and all of the entertainment regularly available while walking along the bay.

We offered the group a welcome dinner at Top Deck, a floating restaurant in the harbour that required a short boat ride. Our policy is to let the winners enjoy as much (or as little) as they want so there are no mandatory excursions but we give them the opportunity to experience these if they require. We worked with a local ground handler who offered various trips, the most popular being the shopping excursion to Shenzhen in China, which required visas, and many also enjoyed the various shopping opportunities on offer in Hong Kong.

We also held a dinner at The Watermark with pre-dinner drinks at Pier 7 -where there was a fabulous traditional Chinese dragon. Our goal was to showcase the two very different cultural elements that Hong Kong has to offer: the frenetic pace of the Far East mixed with the sleek, polished influence of the West. Again, the food, service and overall experience is amazing and Hong Kong, as a destination, remains a firm favourite for PartyLite.

Jemma Peers Director, Corporate Innovations:

We organised a sales incentive trip for telecoms company Three Mobile in March for 200 people. The aim of the event was to reward top performing sales people across all business sales channels including retail, telesales, online and business.

Our Hong Kong base for the four-day programme was the Harbour Grand Hotel, and in Macau the Conrad Hotel.

We held events on junk boats, at lounge club Armani Prive and Happy Valley Jockey Club and organised a private dragon boat race and visits to Portofino and Cubic nightclubs in Macau.

This was our first trip with this particular client doing a city break-style incentive and we worked with Destination China, a valuable partner beforehand and to the team on-site. Hong Kong worked well as it offers a great blend of East meets West, culture and trendy places. Guests felt confident finding their own way around and exploring and there was plenty to do during downtime.

The Buddha in Hong Kong is a 'must see'. Make sure, however, you have enough time to get to the top and enjoy all the amenities around, before taking the breathtaking cable-car back down. Happy Valley night race is also one not to miss: it has an electric atmosphere.

In Macau, the House of Dancing Water show is incredible; even the most sceptical loved it; and the Macau Tower Skywalk - only for the brave - is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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