Hong Kong & Macau: Corporate Lowdown

Director of regional accounts for Global Cynergies Les Sinclair explains why Hong Kong worked so well for the company's 2014 event.

Fireworks at Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Fireworks at Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a unique culture because of its amazing history and location. We organised an event in September 2014 for a group of 24 delegates, staying at the Langham Place hotel, which has recently rebranded to Cordis Hong Kong, in Mongkok. Our client thought that Hong Kong was a perfect location for both a regional and global meeting because of its position as the business-friendly gateway to China.

The added advantage of being able to visit the Chinese mainland - Guangzhou in particular - for up to six days without a visa was a big positive. As part of the event, the group travelled to Guangzhou for a day meeting and returned to Hong Kong in the evening - the journey time was around two hours each way.

Hong Kong also has a fantastic C&I support infrastructure and a great range of world-class venues and hotels. Having hosted international events for many years, it has a well-proven track record and there will be no (or very few) nasty surprises.

The destination offers everything for everyone: nightlife, culture, sports events, history, gastronomy and shopping. But choose your location carefully - if you want to visit the Chinese mainland base yourself on the Kowloon or Mongkok side. If not, consider Hong Kong Island.

To take advantage of free fireworks displays and a lightshow - if it suits your plans and budget - check out hotels that have a good view of Victoria Harbour, on the Kowloon side. Rooms with a harbour vista, or bars and restaurants on higher floors, will provide a great view of the free pyrotechnics across the water on the Hong Kong Island waterfront.

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