The antiseptic masks have come off and tourism is
once again on the upswing in Hong Kong, where year-over-year
arrivals in May had dropped nearly 68 percent due to the SARS
The recovery is partly due to low airfares and hotel rates combined
with a sleek global advertising campaign launched this past
Long renowned for its duty-free shopping and pan-Asian cuisine Hong
Kong claims to have more restaurants per capita than any other city
in the world the destination also has witnessed major changes among
its meeting venues. Some key developments:
The 541-room Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, last
September opened four new function rooms (for a total of 13 on
site) and a 14-person boardroom featuring teleconferencing
technology and two plasma-screen TVs.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, equipped its lounge
and meeting space with wireless broadband. In addition, each of the
property’s 216 rooms now features high-speed Internet
In mid-2005, the 118-room Landmark Mandarin
Oriental will open in the heart of Hong Kong’s fashion and
The new Le Meridien Cyberport will open this
spring in Telegraph Bay (a 15-minute drive from Central). The
173-room hotel will feature high-tech meetings facilities and
views of the South China Sea.
The 700-room Kowloon Shangri-La recently
completed propertywide renovations, including new dining options,
in-room broadband access and a new function room.
The 514-room InterContinental Hong Kong recently
unveiled a new lobby, and a full-service spa was added to the
hotel’s third floor. Last month, the property opened a new eatery:
Spoon by Alain Ducasse.
The Great Eagle Hotel has been renamed the Langham Hotel,
Hong Kong. The 487-room property offers a
5,040-square-foot ballroom and four meeting rooms.
The 780-room Sheraton Hong Kong & Towers is
undergoing a $45 million renovation by adding new guest room
furnishings and high-speed Internet access.
Hong Kong Disneyland, China’s first theme park, broke
ground in January. The $3.2 billion resort, a joint venture between
Disney and the Chinese government, will stretch over 310 acres on
North Lantau Island. Scheduled for completion in 2006, the theme
park will include retail stores, restaurants and two hotels with a
total of 2,100 rooms.
Hong Kong will construct a new exhibition center by 2005 in an
attempt to capture the region’s growing exhibition market. The new
International Exhibition Centre at the Hong Kong
International Airport will feature 710,400 square feet of
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last year
completed a $45 million renovation to its two theaters, main hall
and foyer. The work also saw both a new banquet room and a new
restaurant added to the venue. More recently, retractable seats
were installed in one of the facility’s halls, enabling entire
seating sections to be rapidly removed.