Global Venues: Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Hosting Global Events in Hong Kong: An Intersection of Tradition and Modernity

Hong Kong, a dazzling mosaic of the old and new, is a top-tier destination for events. Whether it’s a colossal international conference or an intimate gathering, this city offers an array of venues that echo its vibrant history and futuristic appeal. 

Hong Kong, originally a quiet backwater under the Qing Dynasty, was ceded in parts to Britain following the Opium Wars in the 19th century, transforming it into a major commercial hub.  

After Japanese occupation during WWII, it resumed its status as a British colony and witnessed rapid economic growth. However, as the end of a 99-year lease for the New Territories approached, the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration determined its return to China in 1997 under the “one country, two systems” principle, ensuring autonomy and existing systems for 50 years.  

Historic Backdrop Meets Futuristic Designs

Hong Kong, a vibrant nexus of past and future, seamlessly blends its rich historical tapestry with audacious futuristic designs. Its skyline, dotted with ancestral temples and cutting-edge skyscrapers, tells the tale of a fishing village transformed into a global metropolis. As traditional junks sail across the Victoria Harbour, they are silhouetted against the backdrop of shimmering glass towers that reach for sky-high. This unique juxtaposition embodies the spirit of Hong Kong: an ever-evolving city that pays homage to its deep-rooted heritage while embracing the avant-garde. 

A few unique venues that have caught our attention:

Aqua Luna:  

A traditional Chinese junk boat transformed into a luxurious floating lounge. Hosting a small event here or utilising the sailings as a private hire for your guests, promises an iconic 3D harbour view especially at night. It also gives guests a slight sea breeze during the hottest summer months, making being outside bearable, if only for a short time! 

The Repulse Bay:

A historical building located by the Repulse Bay Beach; this space offers a touch of colonial charm with beautiful views of the sea. An ideal location for a gala evening maybe? 

Ovolo Southside: 

Located in Wong Chuk Hang, this former warehouse turned boutique hotel has several industrial-chic event spaces. If you are seeking an inspired central setting oozing with quirkiness and eccentric vibes to transform an okay event into something mind-blowingly amazing and fosters connections, both real and virtual, well… you’ve found it. 

Tai O Heritage Hotel: 

Originally the Tai O Police Station, this colonial-era building in the fishing village of Tai O provides an event space with a mix of history and scenic beauty. 

The Sky100:  

Located in the International Commerce Centre (ICC), it’s the tallest building in Hong Kong and offers panoramic views of the city from the 100th floor. 

Largest exhibition spaces

These are Asia World Expo located at Chek Lap Kok Airport, complete with onsite hotel accommodation. It’s directly connected to the airport, but a 30-minute train journey to Hong Kong Central. This place however, is huge!  

The second major venue is the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre HKCEC. Opened in 1988, It’s located in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island. Built along the stunning Victoria Harbour, and is linked by covered walkways to nearby hotels and commercial buildings. 

Visa and Local Support 

The city has a relatively straightforward visa process, especially for business travellers. Always check the most updated visa requirements. 

Local Crews:  

Consider hiring a local crew to assist in managing logistics, from equipment setup to catering. They possess invaluable local knowledge of the area and can ensure smoother operations. 


The Hong Kong Tourism Board occasionally offers support for significant events, aiming to boost the city’s international profile. It’s worth looking into any available grants or financial aids when planning. 

Current scheme – Government Financial Support Incentive Scheme for Recurrent Exhibitions 

Valid- From 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2026 visit here for the eligibility.  

Extracurricular activities 

Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis that effortlessly blends the traditional with the modern. Here’s some of our favourites. 

Victoria Peak:  

For the best views of the city, take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. The panoramic vista from the top, especially at night, is unparalleled. 

Star Ferry:  

Hop on the Star Ferry for a short but scenic ride between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It’s an iconic way to view the skyline. 

Avenue of Stars:  

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), this promenade celebrates the stars of Hong Kong’s film industry and offers a great view of the Symphony of Lights, a nightly multimedia show. It’s also where the Peninsula Hotel is located, famed for having the best view-from-a-bathroom in the world! 

Temple Street Night Market:  

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without at least one trip into this bustling market. You can find a wide variety of goods, from electronics to clothing, whilst sampling some delicious local street food. 

Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery:  

Located on Lantau Island, this towering bronze Buddha statue is a must-visit, along with the nearby monastery. 

Wong Tai Sin Temple:  

A famous Taoist temple known for the practice of Kau Cim, a method of fortune telling. 

Hong Kong Disneyland:  

The magical world of Disney comes to life in Lantau Island. It’s a fun destination for families and Disney enthusiasts. 

Mong Kok’s Markets:  

Visit the Ladies’ Market, Bird Market, Goldfish Market, and Flower Market in Mong Kok to experience the local culture and shop for unique items. 

Dine on Dim Sum:  

You also can’t visit Hong Kong without trying its renowned dim sum. There are countless restaurants, from the traditional to the upscale, where you can enjoy these delicious bite-sized dishes. 

Chinese New Year – Firework Celebrations 

Hong Kong’s fireworks displays are legendary. Seeing countless brilliant lights burst over its stunning harbour is captivating. If you’re in Hong Kong during these events, it’s a must-see.

On Saturday, February 10th, 2024, the Chinese New Year will usher in the Year of the Dragon. In Hong Kong, fireworks are pivotal to the festivities. Expect a spectacular 25 to 30-minute show visible from both sides of the harbour.

Iconic Landmarks & Hong Kong’s Rich Tapestry 

Hosting an event in Hong Kong offers more than just fulfilling corporate goals. The city boasts many iconic landmarks like the majestic Peak, the lively Temple Street Night Market, and the tranquil Wong Tai Sin Temple, ensuring your guests enjoy unforgettable experiences beyond the event schedule. There is so much going on in this gem of a destination, its impossible to even touch the sides.

Why not contact us to use our free global venue search and let us find the perfect venue for your needs.  

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