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The Association started out as the Hong Kong Exhibition Organisers Association which was founded in May 1990 by 10 major exhibition organisers to provide industry members with a unified voice.

Driven by UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) and IAEE (The International Association of Exhibitions and Events), the first ever Global Exhibitions Day will be staged on Wednesday 8th June 2016 to highlight the exhibition industry’s benefits for the economy and the fun of working in the industry.

To support and to celebrate the Global Exhibitions Day, we are delighted to inform you that the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) 26th Annual Dinner as well as the first Global Exhibitions Day Conference will be held on Wednesday, 8th June 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. All members and industry professionals are cordially invited to join the two events.

To reserve your seats at the Global Exhibitions Day Conference and the Annual Dinner, please Register Online on or before 20 May 2016 (Friday).

The tentative schedule on 8 June 2016 is as follows:

11:00 – 11:30         Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
15:00 – 18:00        Global Exhibitions Day Conference
18:00 – 19:00        Cocktail Reception
19:00 – 21:30        Annual Dinner


Online Registration for Conference, Click here>>


Venue: Meeting Rooms N106-108, Level 1, HKCEC, Wan Chai


Global Exhibitions Day (GED) Conference (8th June 2016, 15:00 - 18:00)
The brand new GED conference by HKECIA will focus on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. We have long heard the idea of belt and road and of how it will open up new trade routes across Asia, but practically speaking what will it really mean. What are the opportunities for Hong Kong and the Pearl River delta area and how will it affect trade exhibitions and where they take place in the region? 

This conference will address the issue of what is belt and road and how could it benefit the trade show industry and provide new opportunities for organisers to expand.

Conference speakers/ Panellists/ Moderator include:

Mr. Jon Sivertson, Director, Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG Advisory (Hong Kong) Limited
Mr. Nat Wong, Principal Consultant, Nat Wong Consulting (Singapore)
Mr. Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Hong Kong)
Mr. Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Mr. Chen Zhong-Qiu, Secretary General of the Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo (China)
Mr. Mark Cochrane, UFI Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

S.I. service (English - Mandarin) is provided by Quadra Technic ICS Ltd. 

China's Belt & Road Initiative - Tentative Programme 




“Belt and Road” Initiative – Overview and Opportunities

Mr. Jon Sivertson, Director, Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG Advisory (Hong Kong) Limited

The “Belt and Road” initiative is a key policy initiative, encompassing over 70 Countries, 70% of Global population and 55% of Global Gross National Product.  This presentation will provide an overview of the “Belt and Road” initiative, summarising the objectives, the key policy initiatives, and the investment that has been allocated by multilateral development banks and Chinese financial institutions to finance “Belt and Road” infrastructure projects.  It will also provide views on business opportunities for companies and advantages for Countries along the “Belt and Road”.

 *In English



Riding on the One Belt, One Road 

Mr. Nat Wong, Nat Wong Consulting Exhibitions

President Xi Jinpeng's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative is an action plan to bolster China's domestic economic and foreign policy strategies. The effort is expected to span prominently throughout the 13th Five Year Plan culminating in the celebration of the CPC's 100th Anniversary in 2021. Every successful major economic initiative like the Marshall Plan in Europe or the Quantitative Easing Plan to address the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, sets the tone for corresponding growth or sustenance of a vibrant exhibitions industry. Will the "One Belt, One Road" initiative spawn a similar reaction in a fairly mature exhibition industry in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta?

 *In English



What is Hong Kong’s role in the initiative, how might exhibitions here in Hong Kong and around the region profit from the opening up of trade routes.

Mr. Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director HKTDC (Hong Kong)

The Belt and Road Initiative will be a game changer for Asia and the world by promoting market integration and fostering connectivity among countries along the routes. In his presentation, Mr Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will explain Hong Kong’s role and the HKTDC’s strategies in helping international companies explore the Initiative’s potential using the Hong Kong platform. Mr Yip will examine new business opportunities for the MICE industry arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, especially in ASEAN countries, and how these opportunities will relate to MICE industry players in Hong Kong with a view to strengthening the city’s role as Asia’s trade fair capital.

  *In English


****Coffee Break****



The future for exhibitions in Guangdong, how better connectivity can boost trade for all cities in the region*

Mr. Chen Zhong-Qiu, Secretary General Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo (China)

*In Chinese



Panel Discussion – What will the convention and exhibition landscape in Asia Pacific look like in 2026?

Moderator: Mr. Mark Cochrane, UFI Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, UFI Asia

Mr. Nat Wong, Nat Wong Consulting Exhibitions
Mr. Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director HKTDC (Hong Kong)
Mr. Mathias KuepperManaging Director, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd (Singapore)

*In English



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With over 19 years of experience, Jon Sivertson has advised governments and the private sector on infrastructure transactions worth over US$12 billion. Jon’s work has included assessing the feasibility, development and expansion of convention and exhibition facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.  A recent focus for Jon and KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory practice is assisting clients in understanding how best to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Belt and Road initiative, while minimising the associated risks.



Nat Wong has 30 years of top-level experience in the international MICE business. He pioneered many successes and possesses the unique experience for having held senior positions in MNCs in every aspect of the industry.

His notable highlights included new launches like SingaPort (now Asia-Pacific Maritime), SIAL Asia, InfocommAsia and ITMA Asia. Nat has been recognized with several industry awards and speaks regularly at UFI, IAEE, AFECA and IELA conferences and training sessions.

Involved in China since 1990, Nat’s last appointment was President of Reed Exhibitions Greater China from 2012 to 2015 before starting his own consulting business, including an appointment as Strategic Consultant for AMC Marketing Communications Group.  



Raymond Yip is the Deputy Executive Director, Marketing of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the statutory organisation responsible for promoting and developing Hong Kong's international trade in products and services.


Mr Yip has worked in a variety of positions and offices at the HKTDC, including New York, Tokyo and London. His recent postings include: Director, Industry Promotion; Director, Exhibitions; Director, Information Service (E-commerce development); Regional Director, Western Europe/Middle East and Africa (based in London).

In his present position, Mr Yip is responsible for HKTDC’s marketing and external relations, as well as the organisation’s network of over 40 offices worldwide. He also oversees promotion of the product and service sectors, in addition to corporate marketing and communication.

Mr Yip graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an honours degree in Business Administration. He attended the Columbia Senior Executive Programme in 2003, and holds a Graduate Professional Diploma in E-Business, awarded by Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing of the UK.


As Managing Director of Koelnmesse Pte Ltd in Singapore, Mathias Kuepper plays a pivotal role in managing the business activities and operations for Koelnmesse in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the past 14 years, Mathias has held a variety of positions in event operations, project management and strategic business development for Koelnmesse across Asia. After stints in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, he assumed his current position of General Manager for Koelnmesse Singapore in August 2014.

Koelnmesse is one of the world’s largest trade fair companies, organizing around 80 trade fairs annually including leading global events for 25 industry sectors.


Mark Cochrane is the UFI Regional Manager, Asia Pacific. He is also the Managing Director of Business Strategies Group (BSG), a business intelligence and strategy consulting firm focused on the B2B media industry in Asia – with a particular emphasis on exhibitions and events in Asia. Through its consulting practice and its relationship with UFI, BSG works with major exhibition organisers, venues and governments across Asia.

Mark has been based in Hong Kong for 18 years and joined BSG in 2006. Prior to BSG, Mark worked in a variety of roles primarily focused on B2B media and market research including three years at Global Sources in marketing roles and three years at The Gartner Group as a senior research analyst. Mark earned an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, in 1997. Mark is on the board of the Business Information Industry Association and presents regularly on the exhibition industry at various conferences and events in Asia.




* The Global Exhibitions Day Conference has incorporated the 9th Guangzhou/ Hong Kong/ Macau Exhibition Industry Cooperation Forum.


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HKECIA welcomes measures to support C&E industry in the 2022 Policy Address hopes Hong Kong to relax all epidemic prevention measures

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) welcomes the measures of the HKSAR Government to support the convention and exhibition (“C&E”) industry announced in the latest Policy Address, in response to strengthen and capitalise on Hong Kong’s status as the Trade Fair Capital of Asia.

Mr Stuart Bailey, HKECIA Chairman, commented, “The HKECIA welcomes Government’s support to convention and exhibition industry, helping ease financial burdens on the organisers who can therefore get ready for the industry revival.  An additional HK$1.4 billion scheme and the commitment to the development plans are a strong recognition of the significance of the exhibition industry to Hong Kong’s economy and government’s declaration of intention to reestablish Hong Kong as an exhibition hub of Asia, supporting numerous crucial industries and boosting commerce.



HKECIA welcomes reduction in hotel quarantine requirement and hopes Hong Kong to fully reopen and reconnect with the world

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) welcomes the decision of the HKSAR Government to reduce hotel quarantine for inbound travellers from seven to three days, followed by four days under medical surveillance at home.  Reducing the number of days for hotel quarantine will help ease the burden on Hong Kong residents returning to the city and incoming international travellers. 

However, inbound visitors are not allowed to attend any exhibitions held in event premises, e.g. trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences, etc, during the four days of medical surveillance.  The new arrangement and the reduction of number of days for hotel quarantine thus will make no difference for the exhibition industry.


HKECIA prepared for business revival with annual conference updating members of latest trends and putting additional focus on sustainability

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA”) successfully held the annual conference on 1 June to update members of the latest industry information and trends.

The physical conference was hosted at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and was attended by over 130 members and non-members.  Aiming to update members and industry players of the latest industry trends and government’s plan to support tourism recovery, the conference opened with speeches from Mr Edward Yau, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and Mr Stuart Bailey, the newly re-elected Chairman of HKECIA, followed by a presentation by Mr Dane Cheng, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) to share the up-to-date global tourism market outlook, HKTB’s overall strategy for the convention and exhibition industry, and plans for tourism recovery.


HKECIA welcomes government to extend Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme and to provide immediate relief announced in the 2021 Policy Address

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA”) welcomes the latest HKSAR Government’s Policy Address recognizing that the convention and exhibition industry is crucial to Hong Kong as an international trade centre, and announcing the further extension of the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Scheme”) for six months to December 31, 2022, in response to demand from the convention and exhibition industry.

Part of the Scheme's funding will also be allocated to provide a one-off immediate relief measure to private organisers of exhibitions with a clear track record of being held in Hong Kong to help them cope with the impact of the prolonged postponement or cancellation of exhibitions under the pandemic. 


HKSAR government urged to provide immediate assistance to help Hong Kong convention and exhibition industry struggling to survive on zero international trade event

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA” and “the Association”) presented the results of the latest member survey “Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry 2021” (“Survey”) to Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (“CEDB”), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and urged the authority to repurpose the fund of the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Subsidy Scheme”) and to provide a roadmap of relaxing compulsory quarantine requirements for qualified business travellers; otherwise, 45% of industry players may close down in 12 months.  It is an urgent call for the government’s immediate financial assistance from the local convention and exhibition industry players struggling to survive over the COVID-19 storm. 


HKECIA welcomes appointment of Michael Duck as UFI’s incoming president

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA,) welcomes the appointment of Mr Michael Duck as Incoming President (2022-2023) of UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.


HKECIA welcomes reconfirmation of additional convention and exhibition space announced in the 2020 Policy Address

(Hong Kong, 14 December 2020) The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) is the authoritative organisation of the Hong Kong exhibition and convention industries since 1990.

The HKECIA welcomes the latest HKSAR Government’s Policy Address recognising the importance of further supporting Hong Kong’s convention and exhibition industry by expanding the capacity of event space in the city. The Association supports its reconfirmation of the plan to redevelop the sites of the three government towers in Wan Chai North and the Kong Wan Fire Station (opposite to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre) into convention and exhibition facilities, hotel and Grade A office, and the Airport Authority’s plan to invest in the construction of phase two of the AsiaWorld-Expo. The plans were first introduced in 2017 Policy Address. These two projects in total will increase convention and exhibition space by more than 40%.