The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC; Chinese: 香港會議展覽中心) is one of the two major convention and exhibition venues in Hong Kong, along with AsiaWorld-Expo. It is located in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island. Built along the Victoria Harbour, it is linked by covered walkways to nearby hotels and commercial buildings. The venue was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. Larry Oltmanns led the design as the Design Partner with SOM.
The original building was built on reclaimed land off Gloucester Road in 1988. The glass curtain was the World's largest at the time, overlooking the Victoria Harbour on three sides.
The second phase of the centre, located on an artificial island, was constructed from 1994 to 1997, and features a bird-like rooftop (also referred to as a turtle by some critics[who?]). The project took only 48 months from reclamation to completion. The main constructor of the extension was a joint venture named Hip Hing Construction Co Ltd Dragages et Travaux Publics. Originally, Phase Two was connected to Phase One with an atrium link (a sky bridge), and to Convention Road with two road bridges, but now the two phases are connected by an expanded exhibition hall.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), a wholly owned subsidiary of NWS Holdings Ltd (新創建集團有限公司), is contracted by the HKTDC for the day-to-day management and operation of the HKCEC. The 850 member staff's responsibilities include administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance, security and food and beverage operations. The latter including banqueting, and managing the Centre's restaurants. The Managing Director of the company is Monica Lee-Müller.
Convention facilities statistics
Functions held at the site
- 5 exhibition halls: 53,292 m²
- 2 convention halls: 5,699 m²; total seating for 6,100
- 2 theatres: 800 m²; total seating for 1,000
- 52 meeting rooms: 6,004 m²
- Pre-function areas: 8,000 m²
- 7 restaurants: total seating for 1,870
- Business centre: 150 m²
- Carpark spaces parking: for 1,300 cars and 50 vans
- Total available rental space: 92,061 m²
- Capacity: 140,000 visitors per day
Numerous functions are held at the HKCEC each year, including exhibitions, conventions/meetings, banquets and other special events. The centre hosts more than 45 international trade fairs for buyers from more than 100 countries each year, including the world's largest leather fair and watch and clock fair. The regular international fairs for giftware, toys, fashion, jewellery, electronics and optical products are Asia
's largest. The HKCEC also includes provisions for video-conferencing, teleconferencing, satellite links, simultaneous interpretation in up to eight languages, audio-visual equipment, foyer registration space, and event signage.
In popular culture
- During the Chinese campaign of the 2003 video game Command & Conquer: Generals, the player is ordered to destroy the HKCEC with military force after it falls under the control of a fictional terrorist group, the Global Liberation Army. The game series was banned in China.
- It is also the setting for the grand finale in both New Police Story starring Jackie Chan, and Gen-X Cops.
- The structure will play a major part in the film Transformers: Age of Extinction, where a Decepticon ship is seen destroying the structure from above.