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 September 16, 2013
145 Exhibitions and Conferences Chose HKCEC; 1,180 Events Reaffirm HKCEC's Service Excellence

 Latest figures confirm that the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre ("HKCEC") continues to be the preferred venue of international organisers for staging world-class exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong. During fiscal year 2012-2013 (July 2012 to June 2013), a total of 1,180 events were held at the HKCEC including115 exhibitions and 30 conferences.

Seven organisers have chosen to launch new ventures at the HKCEC. Seven of the year's 115 exhibitions were first time events at the HKCEC, covering a wide range of industries including real estate, bakery, diving and resort, sports and interior design, etc.

104 of the 115 exhibitions held in FY2013/13 were recurrent events and continued to be the backbone of the HKCEC's exhibition portfolio. In the reported year, 20 of the recurrent exhibitions recorded double-digit growth in terms of gross exhibition space compared with their previous editions.

Conference business remained at previous year's level. Among 30 conferences, 22 were international and 11 were new to the HKCEC. Those conferences covered a diverse range of topics, from medical science, dentistry, and yoga to spinal care related subjects.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd ("HML") is the professional private management company responsible for the venue management and daily operation of the HKCEC. Managing Director of HML, Ms Monica Lee-Müller, remarked, "We take pride in attracting event organisers from around the world to Hong Kong and providing quality services for the event attendees. Their choice of the HKCEC reaffirms that HML's level of service delivery is world-class and among the best in the region. The new exhibitions and conferences are certainly a welcome addition to HKCEC's strong event and client portfolio. It proves that our commitment to enhancing HKCEC's competitiveness by HML's continuous investment in new technologies, new equipment, and new talent is recognised by event organsiers."

Other than exhibitions, the HKCEC was also home to corporate meetings, banquets and entertainment events. In total, 1,180 events held at the HKCEC in FY2012/13 attracted over 5.2 million visitors from around the world to the venue. "The HML team is proud to have served 42,010 events and over 80 million buyers, exhibitors, visitors and guests over the past 25 years," noted Ms Lee-Müller. "These events have contributed significant economic benefits to Hong Kong by generating spin-offs for related industries, creating numerous jobs and business opportunities for small and medium enterprises, and enhancing Hong Kong's international image and reputation."

HML FY2012/13 Fast Facts:

During FY2012/13 the HKCEC attracted over 5.2 million visitors and a total of 1,180 events which included:

- 115 exhibitions:
- 52 were trade exhibitions, 22 were trade and public exhibitions, and 41 were public exhibitions;
- 104 were recurrent exhibitions; 7 were new exhibitions and 4 were one off;
- 30 large conferences or conventions, 22 of which were international conference and 11 were new to the HKCEC;
- 92 entertainment and special events, of which 10 were film shows and 34 were concerts
- 411 banquets, and
- 532 other events, including corporate events, media conferences, seminars, and smaller meetings.

From its opening in 1988 through to 30 June 2013, the HKCEC has hosted 42,010 events and welcomed over 80 million visitors

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

This award-winning 306,000 sqm building, first opened in 1988, offers 91,500 sqm of rentable space. An iconic Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre ('HKCEC') is located on a prime waterfront site in the central business district of Hong Kong. It is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited ('HML') is a professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day to day management for the HKCEC, where it oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance and security. It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurants and catering services. HML provides world-class services for users, visitors and guests of the HKCEC, a venue which has been consistently awarded the title of 'Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia' by leading industry professionals. About 1,200 events are held at the HKCEC every year, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets. These events contribute significant economic benefits to the city, and help raise the international image of Hong Kong.

HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Holdings Limited ("NWS Holdings", Hong Kong stock code: 659), the infrastructure and service flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong stock code: 17), operates businesses in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau. Its Infrastructure portfolio includes Roads, Energy, Water and Ports & Logistics projects. Its Services portfolio comprises Facilities Management (the management of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Free Duty), Construction & Transport (construction, bus and ferry services) and Strategic Investments.