when it opens in 2019. Others will include
performing arts theaters, a waterfront park
with a sculpture garden and event plazas
capable of hosting up to 10,000 people.
“This cultural district will really allow
artists to come together and build upon an
area that is already starting to boom,” LaValle
said. “It’s near the Ritz-Carlton and W hotels,
which opened a few years ago, so it will really
strengthen that area as a visitor destination.”
Another new offering is PMQ (Police
Married Quarters), a historic barracks
building in Central that has been restored
and converted into nearly 100 art and
design studios. Event space at the complex
includes Qube, a multiuse function room
seating up to 500 people, and a courtyard.
“You can do events in the central courtyard and people can also walk around and
visit the art studios,” LaValle said.
Hong Kong has also been expanding its
range of teambuilding and CSR activities for
groups. Among the possibilities are oppor-
tunities to visit Tai O, a traditional fishing vil-
lage on Lantau Island where people still live
much as they did in the early 20th century,
including net fishing off the backs of boats.
“People think of Hong Kong as urban, but
we actually encompass many small villages
in an area the size of Rhode Island,” LaValle
said. “At the fishing village on Lantau Island,
which is just 45 minutes from downtown,
groups get the opportunity to work with an
aging community, doing things like repair-
ing wheelchairs or repairing walkways. There
are also environmental projects like planting
trees throughout the New Territories.”
Also new is the Hong Kong Disneyland
Fun Cooking Class, where teams learn the
art of preparing dumplings and other dim
sum favorites. Hong Kong Disneyland also
provides multiple meeting areas, including
the Conference Centre, which offers 16
meeting rooms and a 9,400-square-foot
“Disneyland, which is currently building
a third hotel, is especially popular with planners of large international conferences where
attendees include people coming in from
places like China, Singapore and Korea,” LaValle said. “Our theme parks are well suited
for hosting groups of a thousand or more.”
Hong Kong’s already impressive hotel
inventory is also getting a boost. Shangri-La
Hotels and Resorts’ 545-room Kerry Hotel
is scheduled to open in December on the
Hung Hom Bay waterfront in Kowloon. The
luxury property will have five restaurants
and bars as well as generous meeting space
that includes a 20,000-square-foot ballroom,
a junior ballroom, 17 breakout rooms and
numerous indoor and outdoor event spaces.
“The Kerry will be Hong Kong’s first
conference-style hotel that is comparable to
what planners are used to in the U.S.,” La-
Valle said. “Its ballroom is at least 50 percent
bigger than the largest hotel ballroom in
Hong Kong. It will enable us to better serve
groups that are too small for the convention
center, which targets groups of 1,500 or more,
and yet are too large for hotel meeting space.”
Earlier this year Hong Kong increased
its supply of boutique properties with the
debut of Hotel Stage, which opened in
Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei district, an area of
heritage sites and family-owned traditional
shops. The 97-room property is adorned by
work by local artists and includes a library
lounge and restaurant.
Meeting and event space, which accommodates up to 150 attendees, includes a
wine bar venue called the Muse as well
as high-tech Day Studios that can display
Set to open next year, the pentahotel Tuen
Mun will be a 298-room property located in a
repurposed industrial high-rise building.
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Ringed by green peaks and a glittering necklace of skyscrapers, Hong Kong boasts one of the world’s most spectacular harbors. Thanks to a wide choice of floating
venues, it’s also a place where groups can enjoy
events in an unparalleled setting.
One of the few remaining handcrafted wooden
junks to be made in Hong Kong, the Aqua Luna
( http://aqualuna.com.hk), with its distinctive red
sails, is the classic way to experience the local
waters. Accommodating 80 passengers, the vessel
provides an elegant setting with wood detailing
and two main spaces, a covered lower deck
behind glass windows and an upstairs top deck
with loungers. Groups can charter the vessel, with
options that include a cruise to Aberdeen Harbour
and Stanley Market, or join a regularly scheduled
public cruise. With a full bar and cocktail lounge,
the junk can host catered dinners and receptions.
Also a rarity, The Bounty ( www.thebounty.
com.hk) is a replica of the classic British tall
ship used in the 1983 movie about the famous
mutiny. Accommodating 60 passengers, the
vessel is available for chartered cruises as well
as teambuilding events where participants are
taught the basics of life onboard, including how
to handle the rigging and scale the mast. Its
main deck can be used for a variety of events,
including meetings and gala dinners.
For larger groups, Oriental Dragon ( www.jet
wayexpress.com) is a luxury version of a classic
Chinese junk with a large sightseeing deck that
wraps around the 200-passenger vessel. Onboard amenities include two bars, a sitting room
and a buffet area. It’s available for customized
charter trips around Victoria Harbour and out
among the 200 islands that make up the territory.
Chinese culture onboard a Mississippi-style
riverboat is provided by Bauhinia (www.
thebauhinia.com.hk). The company operates a
fleet of four twin-decked vessels that can seat up
to 350 guests for a banquet, with a bandstand,
dance floor and bar included.
A complex of floating restaurants in the middle of Aberdeen Harbour, The Jumbo Kingdom
( www.jumbokingdom.com) includes two major
food and beverage outlets serving Cantonese
cuisine: Jumbo Restaurant and Tai Pak. With
capacity for up to 2,300 diners, the restaurants
offer numerous function rooms equipped with
audiovisual and plasma video displays.
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AQUA LUNA, VICTORIA HARBOUR