Hong Kong Tourism Board's (HKTB) Convention Ambassadors initiative has scored more event wins in an effort to fortify the destination's position as an innovation and technology (I&T) hub.
Joining RISE — one of Asia’s largest tech conferences — next year are the first Greater Bay Area Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Conference 2022 (GBAAIR Conference), and IEEE Region 10 Conference 2022 (TENCON), which was last held in the city in 2006.
Conference organisers have credited the Hong Kong Convention Ambassador (HKCA) programme — made up of more than 100 local leaders of business and professional bodies, as well as practical event support from HKTB — which helped them decide on the best location.
For instance, bidding for TENCON came about upon the referral of ambassador Ir Edward Cheung, chairman of the Joint Chapter on Circuits & Systems and Communications of IEEE Hong Kong Section.
The technology and engineering event is set to gather more than 1,000 attendees at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 1-4 November, 2022.
Dr Paulina Chan, Chair of the IEEE Hong Kong Section and the General Chair of TENCON Conference, also pointed to the destination's excellent connectivity from the US, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Greater Bay Area for the event's return.
"I am confident that the upcoming TENCON will reach new horizons in global participation, anticipating multidisciplinary professional profiles and dynamic exchanges among international attendance,” she said.
Also slated for HKCEC in 2022 is the in-person GBAAIR Conference, the first large-scale conference of its kind to take place in the Greater Bay Area since the pandemic. The event will also run a programme of cross-border exchange and excursions with Mainland China.
HKTB Executive Director Dane Cheng said: "[The ambassadors'] concerted efforts will lead to a new era of opportunity for both Hong Kong tourism and the city’s multi-sector development. We are confident we will achieve further success with our ambassadors and make Hong Kong the world’s meeting place for business events.”
Next month, Hong Kong is expected to welcome some 2,400 delegates attending the Greater Bay Area Artificial Intelligence Congress, held at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park.