opportunities in meeting areas also include concession stands with offerings such as congee, noodles and dim sum—or if you prefer, pasta and
pizza—available for either eat-in or take-out. Japanese-inspired automatic food vending machines offer anything from rice to sake.
The proximity to offsite entertainment and sightseeing attractions
on Hong Kong Island made it easy for conference attendees to venture
out for entertainment within a 20-minute walk of their hotels. Attendees
could catch the Harbor Cruise for dazzling views of Hong Kong’s skyline
and Victoria Harbor. Or they could visit nearby Ocean Park, featuring a
cliff-side cable car and aquarium exhibits with giant pandas, red pandas,
sea lions and dolphins.
To taste the history of the British colonial era, attendees could explore
The Peak, reachable by an eight-minute ride on the world’s steepest funicular up Victoria Peak to view the panoramic views of Hong Kong and
Victoria Harbor. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, The Peak has
been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times, when
British colonists feared outbreaks of malaria infecting port workers and
settled on the cooler (and mosquito free) mountain tops.
To experience Hong Kong’s spiritual side, attendees could take a
short ferry ride to visit the Po Lin Monastery, home to the 112-foot-high,
250-ton bronze Buddha statue called the Tian Tan Buddha, the world’s
tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha.
At night, MDRT members could shop in the Bohemian atmosphere of
SoHo with its 2,600-foot-long escalator carrying crowds to the more than
100 quaint little shops, as well as great restaurants.
Corporate Social Responsibility
To kick off the conference, the MDRT Foundation started with a corporate social responsibility project as part of the balanced life-work goals.
Reasons to Meet
in Hong Kong
1. VISA-FREE ACCESS for citizens from 170 nations, allowing visitors to stay between seven and 180 days, depending
on their country of origin.
2. “THE FREEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD,” according
to the American Heritage Institute. Event participants can
make the most of the low tax rate, zero customs tariff on
imported and exported goods and minimal licensing.
3. LARGEST AIRLIFT IN ASIA with around 3,000
scheduled passenger flights per week from more than 180
worldwide destinations. Airport has in-town check-in service,
free Wi-Fi and airport express trains that reach downtown in
just 24 minutes.
4. FIXED EXCHANGE RATE WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR,
$US1 = $HK7.8.
5. CULINARY AND WINE CAPITAL OF ASIA— 61
restaurants are Michelin starred.
6. The PACIFIC REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS of most
7. AWARD-WINNING CONVENTION CENTERS. The
Asia World-Expo integrated with the airport and the Hong
Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in the heart
of town. The newly developed Kai Tai Cruise Terminal is set
to become one of the city’s most impressive and prestigious
8. Within a FIVE-HOUR FLIGHT TIME for 60 percent of
the world’s population.
9. EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE.
Taxis, ferries, rails, buses and trams can get you anywhere fast
in Hong Kong. There are also nine MTR rapid transit lines and
a light rail network.
10. WORLD-CLASS HOTELS—more than 240 hotels with
more than 72,000 rooms offered across the city.
—Francesco Leboffe, manager, conventions, meetings and exhibitions,
Hong Kong Tourism Board