Hong Kong Tourism Board brings trade and hotels together

Hong Kong Tourism Board brings trade and hotels together

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will hold its annual Contact and Contract event on 3 March at The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London. This special one day event is designed specifically for Product and Contracting Managers from UK tour operators to meet with Hong Kong hotels, for pre-scheduled private appointments.

Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, will attend the event this year as will Victor Chan, Chairman of Hong Kong Hotels Association to Contact and Contract.

Dawn Page, ‎Director, UK & Northern Europe for Hong Kong Tourism Board, commented;

“The UK trade plays an essential role in supporting and promoting hotels in Hong Kong. Last year we saw encouraging results from the UK market, with just over half a million UK visitors arriving in Hong Kong. By fostering long-lasting relationships between the UK trade and Hong Kong hotel industry at events like Contact and Contract, we hope this growth can continue throughout 2014.”

The Hong Kong Tourism Board will welcome three new hotels to this year’s event. The OZO Wesley,  the Mira Moon hotel and the hotly anticipated Hotel sàv, which is due to open later this year, will all have representatives available to share information with trade.

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2013 was an exciting year for hotels in Hong Kong, The Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula Hotel celebrated significant anniversaries, their 50th and 85th respectively. The average hotel room occupancy rate in Hong Kong in 2013 was 89% and hotel room supply increased by 2,600 rooms, an increase of 4% on the previous year.

Hoteliers will have much to share with trade at this year’s event. Over the last few years many of Hong Kong’s districts have seen major transformations and are fast becoming must-visit destinations in their own right. Furthermore, in his second Policy Address, Chief Executive C Y Leung announced that the government would look closely at building more hotels and leisure facilities to take advantage of the anticipated boost to the economy from the opening of the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in 2016.