In addition to the homegrown Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC), scheduled for this coming November, Hong Kong is set to host several inaugural events, including the IATA World Cargo Symposium 2024, Aero-Engines Asia-Pacific 2024, and Super Terminal Expo 2024.
Hong Kong as an aviation hub
Airport City as a booster for business events
In a bid to bolster its connectivity with both the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the global stage, HKIA is undergoing a remarkable evolution, transitioning from a mere city airport into a bustling Airport City.
Underpinning this transformation is a robust expansion strategy, highlighted by the Three-runway System. This ambitious endeavor will amplify the airport’s capacity by an impressive 50%, empowering it to accommodate a staggering 120 million passengers and facilitate the movement of 10 million tonnes of cargo annually. The blueprint also encompasses the fortification of the multimodal network with GBA cities, realized through cutting-edge cross-border infrastructure, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. This seamless travel conduit not only ensures convenient journeys via Hong Kong but also stimulates enhanced multi-destination exchanges and explorations throughout the region.
At the core of the Airport City development lies the expansion of AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), strategically located adjacent to the international airport. AWE’s expansion will unveil the city’s largest indoor arena, boasting a seating capacity exceeding 20,000. This pivotal addition serves as a magnet for large-scale events, injecting vibrant energy into the city’s event hosting landscape.
These progressive enhancements catapult the city into a role of paramount importance as a super-connector. This stature enables Hong Kong to harness a plethora of business prospects emanating from the lucrative GBA market and beyond, fueling the growth trajectory of Hong Kong’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry.
IATA World Cargo Symposium to be hosted in Hong Kong for the first time
Having held the prestigious position of the world’s foremost air cargo hub for numerous years, HKIA is poised to take on the role of the host airport for the 2024 edition of the IATA World Cargo Symposium in March. Anticipated to draw a diverse assembly of over 1,000 participants from across the globe, the conference is dedicated to addressing a spectrum of topics encompassing technology and innovation, security and customs, cargo operations, and sustainability.