Hong Kong Venues Open as Political Turmoil Ebbs

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Hong Kong, China – The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) was operating normally on October 6 as political protests in the nearby streets appeared to be winding down, venue officials said.

The organizers of Fine Art Asia 2014 said their October 4-7 event, which was expected to draw 35,000 upscale attendees, said their show opened on time and had experienced no disruptions.

The HKCEC is located a few blocks from the Central Government Offices building, had been a rallying point for protesters. The mass gatherings snarled traffic, which was already being complicated by long-term construction in the area.

The protests reached their high point around the first of the month when public holidays kept activity at the HKCEC to a minimum.

The next major trade shows on the HKCEC calendar – the co-located Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and electronicsAsia — were not scheduled to begin until October 13-16.

AsiaWorld Expo, which is located well away from the protest sites, was also open for business.

Trade Show Executive will continue to monitor the situation in Hong Kong.

Reach Monica Lee-Müller, managing director of HKCEC (Management) Ltd., at +852 2582 8888 or monicaleemuller@hkcec.com