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 February 10, 2012
Hong Kong's Aqua Restaurant Group Celebrates Decade Of Hosting Sophisticated Brands & MICE Events

 Hong Kong's internationally acclaimed Aqua Restaurant Group is celebrating a decade of hosting prestigious corporate MICE events for some of the world's top brands.

Unique, bespoke social occasions for corporate gatherings are a specialty at a wide choice of fashionable venues -- from restaurants and bistros to nightclubs, dining bars and even Hong Kong's most famous traditional Chinese sailing junk.

Gone are the days of boring events at one location. With the wide choice of venues under Aqua Restaurant Group's belt, events can be tailored that combine the very best of Hong Kong into a truly eventful occasion.

Supported by a dedicated events team, MICE organisers can combine both traditional Chinese and cosmopolitan aspects of modern-day Hong Kong -- with expertise within a broad variety of events from PR lunches and dinners to incentive outings and events, annual parties and product launches.

With dining options extending to six different Western and Asian cuisines, Aqua's 'one-stop' MICE option has attracted such internationally renowned brands as Microsoft, Disney, Chanel, JP Morgan, Richemont, LVMH, Cathay Pacific, Merrill Lynch, Samsung and American Express.

Among prestigious venues, aqua, the brand's flagship, overlooking Victoria Harbour from atop One Peking in Tsim Sha Tsui is one of Hong Kong's most iconic restaurants, complemented by trendy night hot spot aqua spirit upstairs.

Newly restyled in a glamorous collaboration with top London-based designer David Collins, the home to twin contemporary Italian and Japanese restaurants aqua roma and aqua tokyo is a celebrated place to 'see and be seen' just minutes from one of the world's busiest fashion avenues, Canton Road.

Also in One Peking, Hutong, one of Hong Kong's first Chinese restaurants to be awarded a Michelin Star, offers a traditional, authentic and stylish dining experience, stepping back in time to old-style China.

In the hub of Hong Kong's financial district at Chater House, Central, a historic collaboration with legendary designer Giorgio Armani has created Armani/Aqua, with exceptional Italian and Japanese dining and elegant night spot Armani/Privé -- an upbeat lounge with chill-out rooftop terrace amid neon-lit Hong Kong.

The ultimate Hong Kong social outing is aboard aqua luna, a traditional red-sail Chinese junk, with bespoke catering available. Aboard evening sailings, guests are treated to the most spectacular possible view of Hong Kong's "Symphony of Lights" from skyscrapers.

Sightseeing sailings can be made even more memorable, followed by a themed Chinese dinner at Hutong, featuring such exotic specialties as; Drunken chicken roll in Chinese wine sauce, Braised beef ribs wrapped with lotus leaf and Baked winter melon pastries. Guest can then dance the night away at tivo, one of Wyndham Streets trendiest dining bars where suits blend seamlessly with fashionistas.

Day cruises can incorporate lunch aboard the picturesque junk with culinary delights such as; Slow cooked Kobe beef cheek with braised Japanese turnip and sweet miso and Ravioli stuffed with duck confit, porcini and black truffle sauce. Sundowners and luxury dinners seeking contemporary Japanese and Italian cuisine can follow at either aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui or Armani/Aqua in Central -- followed by late-night parties at aqua spirit or Armani/Privé.

Another unique venue for events within the Aqua Restaurant Group is Hullett House, located in a magnificent colonial building dating back to 1881 right in the centre of fashionable Tsim Sha Tsui. Hullett House consists of an intimate hotel, five restaurants and bars and a souvenir store. The House prides itself on its culinary delights and holds a Michelin Star for its contemporary French restaurant St. George. The "50 Pigeons" Courtyard in the heart of the House is a magnificent events space surrounded by bespoke wrought-iron chinoiserie with tasselled lanterns and elegant colonnades.

Globe-trotting culinary themes can also be incorporated into MICE events at any of the group's other trendy restaurants on Hong Kong Island.

Options range from contemporary Thai cuisine at Ayuthaiya, Northern and Western Chinese cuisine at Yun Fu and traditional Parisian bistro cuisine at La Marmite to chic Italian and European dining at tivo and vivo and modern Japanese cuisine at Wasabisabi

Former lawyer David Yeo launched his flagship aqua restaurant with just 20 staff a decade ago -- with a vision to bring chic "happening culinary scenes" of New York, Tokyo and London to Hong Kong,

The concept has proved a phenomenal success and today Aqua Restaurant Group employs around 500 staff in Hong Kong -- with overseas venues at ultra-trendy Aqua London on Regent Street and highly acclaimed Agua Spanish Restaurant in Beijing.