Hong Kong ups the pace in 2024 with four new expos and conferences before year-end

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) has announced that the B2B exhibitions held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in the first five months of 2024 attracted over 640,000 international and local buyers, underscoring the high pace of returning exhibitions and conferences. Notable among them was the three-day Vinexpo Asia, attended by 14,203 visitors, which reinforced Hong Kong’s role as an international exhibition hub and a key gateway connecting the Mainland and the rest of the world.  

Monica Lee-Müller, Managing director of HML, said: “HML is committed to supporting Hong Kong’s position as a major exhibition hub for the region. Vinexpo Asia, which returned to the city for the first time since the pandemic, is an excellent success story. The event attracted 1,032 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions. Over 14,000 buyers and importers from around the world attended, with 75% coming from the Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan markets.” 

Lee-Müller is confident about the outlook for Hong Kong’s exhibition and convention industry. “In the second half of 2024, we are introducing four new exhibitions and conferences, including the Holiday and Travel Expo 2024 Autumn, ReThink Lifestyle 2024, the 5th International Congress of Chinese Nephrologists cum Hong Kong Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting 2024, and the Aesthetic Medicine & Surgery Conference cum Exhibition. Recurrent trade fairs will also continue to take place at the HKCEC, including Jewellery & Gem ASIA Hong Kong, Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong, the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2024 – Autumn Edition, and Cosmoprof Asia 2024. Together, these new and recurrent exhibitions and conferences will further reinforce Hong Kong’s status as a platform for international trade and professional exchange,” she said.

The mega event Vinexpo Asia –held every two years – has undoubtedly enhanced the city’s reputation as a premium trading platform for the Asian and international wine and spirits market. HML and Vinexposium, the organiser of the show, also collaborated to implement practices that put sustainability at centre stage. HML recycled 16,445kg of empty bottles and 4,000 corks on behalf of the organiser. 

CEO of Vinexposium Rodolphe Lameyse said: “We are thrilled to be back in Hong Kong for the first time since the pandemic. The standards of professionalism, efficiency and courtesy delivered by the HML team were as high as ever. I’m already looking forward to getting back here in 2026 with an even bigger and better version of Vinexpo Asia.”