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HKECIA hosts Global Exhibitions Day Conference

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) will organise the Global Exhibitions Day Conference on Wednesday, 8th June 2016, in support of the first ever Global Exhibitions Day, driven by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) to highlight the exhibition industry’s benefits for the economy and the fun of working in the industry.

To be held in the afternoon on 8th June at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the theme of the Global Exhibitions Day Conference is China’s Belt & Road Initiative. The new initiative proposed by the PRC government aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa to promote economic co-operation among countries along the five Belt and Road routes. 

In the conference, speakers will practically explain what it will really mean - What are the opportunities for the exhibition industry in Hong Kong and the Pearl River delta area; and what is Hong Kong’s role in helping international companies explore the Initiative’s potential using the Hong Kong platform. The HKECIA welcomes all industry professionals (members and non-members) to attend this conference.

Many prominent international and local experts have been invited as speakers, panelists and moderator of the conference:
- Mr. Simon Booker, Partner, Head of Economics & Regulation, Hong Kong, KPMG (Hong Kong)
- Mr. Nat Wong, Principal Consultant, Nat Wong Consulting (Singapore)
- Mr. Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director HKTDC (Hong Kong)
- Mr. Chen Zhongqiu, Secretary General Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo (China)
- Mr. Mathias Kuepper, General Manager, Exhibitions & Conferences, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd (Singapore)
- Mr. Mark Cochrane, UFI Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

Mr Stuart Bailey, Chairman of HKECIA said, “I am very pleased with the speakers’ line up for the Global Exhibitions Day Conference. The conference is not only part of HKECIA’s initiative to support the Global Exhibitions Day, but also a platform for how in practical terms, the China’s Belt & Road initiative can bring new opportunities to the trade show and event industries.”

Over 30 associations from around the world and hundreds of individuals have already pledged their support for Global Exhibitions Day. Some of the events include the Global Exhibitions Day Conference and a Gala Dinner in Hong Kong organised by the HKECIA, special “spotlight events“ in Australia organised through EEAA in connection with their annual Leaders Forum, a RUEF Conference in Moscow, and a celebration in Poland on the occasion of the ITM exhibition organised by Poznán International Fair.

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