International Commerce Centre, venue for the conference and networking reception on Thursday 20 October and the official Hong Kong Conference hotel

Thursday afternoon saw the start of the 1.5 day Hong Kong Program, with some delegates having traveled from Guangzhou and Shenzhen by bus that morning,* and others having joined directly in Hong Kong. This wasthe third and final segment of the conference’s journey through the Pearl River Delta. Delegates stayed in the highest hotel in the world, the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, located at the top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong. Soaring from level 102 to level 118, the Ritz Carlton offered unrivaled views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and the New Territories. View Hong Kong hotel rates and book your room.

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sky100 at the top of ICC

The Hong Kong program began with an afternoon program in sky100 of the International Commerce Centre. The Observation Deck, sky100, is located on the 100th-floor of ICC, and is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering splendid 360-degree views of the premier urban laboratory that is Hong Kong. ICC’s sky100 hosted six presentations over two sessions. See more on the program at sky100, ICC. The first day also ended with the Hong Kong Networking Reception for those delegates registered, in the fantastic setting of sky100 at ICC, with it’s views of the glittering Hong Kong harbor at night. See more details on the Hong Kong ICC Networking Reception.

On Friday morning 21 October, the Hong Kong Observatory, the government department responsible for forecasting weather and issuing warnings on weather-related hazards, issued a No. 8 Gale Signal, indicating a strong likelihood that severe gale-force winds would occur in the city. Under this signal, everyone in the Hong Kong area was advised to seek shelter and remain indoors. Unfortunately, the timing of the typhoon coincided with Friday’s programming and the Council was forced to cancel all conference activities for the day. After all, the safety of delegates is of prime importance. The Council regrets that it was not able to deliver the set of programming for the final day, as outlined below.

Delegates were to start the day exploring the highly-connected transit system of Hong Kong as they made their way to the pre-selected Off-Site Programs. See these off-site program options below. All delegates were to then come back together for lunch and the final afternoon program. The location of this final afternoon program was the One Island East office tower within the Taikoo Place Complex. See more on the program at One Island East.

Finally, delegates were to celebrate the end of the fantastic conference at the Conference Closing Reception. See more details on the Hong Kong Closing Reception at The Lawn at The Upper House.

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Hong Kong International Commerce Center

Afternoon Program, Thursday 20 October

The afternoon program was spent with all delegates together in one common conference program in the sky100 observation space of the 484-meter International Commerce Centre. See more on this program.

Evening Networking Reception, Thursday 20 October, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Those delegates registered for the Hong Kong Networking Reception stayed in the International Commerce Centre after the completion of the afternoon program for two hours of networking and catching up with colleagues. See more on the Hong Kong networking reception.

Morning Program, Friday 21 October

Delegates were to choose from one of the following off-site programs:

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One Island East

Afternoon Program, Friday 21 October

The afternoon was to be spent with all delegates together once again, in one common conference program located in the One Island East office tower. See more on this program.

Closing Reception, Friday 21 October, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Those registered for The Lawn at The Upper House Closing Networking Reception were to take a shuttle to the final event culminating the journey through the Pearl River Delta in style. See more on the Closing Reception.

The Lawn at The Upper House is part of the Pacific Place complex (pictured)

The Lawn at The Upper House, host of the Closing Reception, is part of the Pacific Place complex (pictured)