The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) 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). 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 complex's construction was financed by New World Development
, with the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
and Harbour View Apartments
on top of it.
HKCEC made a second expansion during 2006–2009. Upon completion, the HK$1.4 billion expansion added 19,400 square metres to the HKCEC, bringing the total exhibition space to nearly 83,000 square metres and total rentable function space to over 92,000 square metres.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), a wholly owned subsidiary of NWS Holdings Ltd (), 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.
There have been comments that the management of HKCEC provided preferential treatment to some client with regards to booking dates at the HKCEC. Cliff Wallace denied these allegations in a meeting with the Legislative Councilors
in the 2003–2004 session. He said that his company did not provide preferential treatment, that dates were offered on a first-come-first-served basis and that standard industry practices were exercised with regards to booking and scheduling at the HKCEC as required by the operating agreement with HKTDC
Convention facilities statistics
Exhibition in the Centre March 2015
*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 60 vans
*Total available rental space: 92,061 m2
*Capacity: 140,000 visitors per day
Functions held at the site
Numerous functions are held at the HKCEC each year, including exhibitions, conventions/meetings, banquets, [[Hong Kong Book Fair 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.
In addition, HKCEC hosts the annual film expCineAsia
where all major Hollywood studios present their upcoming productions to the Asian theatrical industry.
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.
It also served as the site of the 1997 Hong Kong handover ceremony
, which signified the end of British colonial rule
The Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference
took place at the HKCEC from 13–18 December 2005. The NGO Centre was located at "Phase I" of the centre. This is the first time a WTO Ministerial Conference and the NGO Centre was located under the same roof as the Conference proceedings. (See alsothe NGO section of the Host Government's website
Located on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, the HKCEC is easily accessible via the Star Ferry
service, whose Wan Chai Pier
is situated just east of the main building and operates from the HKCEC across Victoria Harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier
, adjacent to the Cultural Centre
Wan Chai station
on the Island line
of the MTR
is within walking distance and is linked to the HKCEC via a pedestrian bridge
over O'Brien Road. The under-construction Exhibition Centre station
on the cross-harbour section of the Sha Tin to Central Link
and the proposed North Island line
will be directly located under the HKCEC.
In addition, the HKCEC is served by numerous franchised bus routes
operated by New World First Bus
, including several cross-harbour routes operated jointly with Kowloon Motor Bus
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 played a major part in the film ''Transformers: Age of Extinction
'', where a Decepticon ship is seen destroying the structure from above.
* Golden Bauhinia Square
* Hong Kong Trade Development Council
(and HKTDC Trade Fairs
* Wan Chai
The HKCEC Official website
* ttps://web.archive.org/web/20091016034808/http://www.som.com/content.cfm/hong_kong_convention_and_exhibition_centre SOM Project WebpageWong & Ouyang Project Webpage
* Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd."More than half-a-century of architectural design experience in Hong Kong"
section "Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion Project", pp. 52–57, September 2009
Category:1997 establishments in Hong Kong
Category:Artificial islands of Hong Kong
Category:Commercial buildings completed in 1997
Category:Convention and exhibition centres in Hong Kong
Category:Cultural infrastructure completed in 1997
Category:Landmarks in Hong Kong
Category:Music venues in Hong Kong
Category:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill buildings
Category:Wan Chai North