Hong Kong’s strategic location, exceptional facilities and range of options “beyond the ballroom” makes it the ideal destination in which to mix business with pleasure.
What started life as a bustling collection of fishing villages which was later claimed by Britain in the early 1800s is today a thriving metropolis offering so many options for the meetings and incentive travel sectors.
Under the unique principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997, as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. This arrangement allows Hong Kong to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.
Situated on the doorstep of Southern China, Hong Kong is just a stone’s throw from a variety of exciting mainland cities, including the burgeoning metropolis of Shenzhen and the provincial capital, Guangzhou.
Covering an area of 1104 square kilometres, the territory is made up of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. At the core is Victoria Harbour which separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon and beyond that, the New Territories that runs up to the boundary with Mainland China. As well as making up the bulk of Hong Kong’s land mass, the New Territories also incorporates 262 outlying islands, including Lantau where the airport is located.
Despite its dense urban environment, about three quarters of Hong Kong’s total area is countryside, including about 40 per cent designated as country parks and special areas that are all easily accessible.
As an incentive destination, Hong Kong is both exciting and awe-inspiring. This vibrant city is the perfect place to not only revitalise and recharge incentive winners, but also to motivate other staff to reach even greater heights.
As a city that inspires and brings out the best in people, where around every corner lingers a magical surprise, Hong Kong offers a treasure trove of programs and special venues with themes to converge team spirit and guarantee your incentive trip will be a resounding success and full of memorable moments.
It works equally well for conventions. No matter what kind of meeting you have in mind, Hong Kong has the infrastructure and the expertise to make it an outstanding success. The AsiaWorld-Expo is Asia’s only ground level, column-free, airport-integrated venue. With a 13,500-seat arena and a 5000-seat AsiaWorld-Summit theatre, it can accommodate virtually any event.
Renowned for hosting some of the world’s greatest events, the award-winning Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre offers flexible business meeting packages with value-added benefits for international conferences of different scales. Even the biggest conventions are at home in Hong Kong. More than 57,000 hotel rooms – from super deluxe hotels to approved budget hostels – are available to suit every need, taste and budget.
One of the best placed, visually appealing and well-appointed properties in Hong Kong is the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, located in the heart of Kowloon’s busiest shopping and entertainment district.
Situated within the Harbour City complex, right in the midst of more than 1000 shops, including some of the world’s most luxurious brands and award-winning restaurants, the Marco Polo has stunning water views of Victoria Harbour and is located on the doorstep of the world-famous Star Ferry and Hong Kong Cruise Terminal.
The Marco Polo is within walking distance to famous landmarks such as Kowloon Park, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Space Museum, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations, and is just a seven minute ferry ride to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
With 664 luxuriously appointed accommodation rooms including 49 suites, an outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness facilities, and a wealth of restaurants and bars including Cucina, Café Marco, the Japanese restaurant Nishimura, and yé shanghai, this is one hotel that is sure to delight even the most discerning guest.
The Jade, Lotus, Fung Shui and Centenary Rooms offer guests a wide choice of meetings facilities, with a maximum capacity of 495 theatre-style.
Marco Polo also offers the Gateway, a 433-room property at Harbour City and the 393-room Prince hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Canton Road adjacent to the China Ferry Terminal.