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tion and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) have the space” for plenary sessions her com- pany has to organise for associations. “But hotel meeting packages are pricey and HKCEC is difficult to book for asso- ciation meetings that are not recurring,” said Lam. Meanwhile savings can be sought from dinner and social events being hosted at local restaurants and unique venues. Jao Tsung-I Academy, Club One at Repulse Bay and the Hong Kong Jockey Club make good options, in addition to lecture halls located on university grounds. Homerlein also suggested hosting social functions during the quieter days of the week – Sunday to Wednesday – when there are many “empty tables” at restaurants. Associations could also approach larger restaurant chains, such as Dining Concepts, with a budget and leave them to develop a suitable menu and dining ideas. Homerlein acknowledged that these options are better suited for smaller-sized association events. “For bigger gala events, organisers are still hamstrung by the minimum ex- penditure imposed by the larger venues. Fortunately, there are other venue op- tions now, such as the new Cruise Ship Terminal (which offers event spaces for rent). More venue options means more competitive rates,” he remarked. { Need to know } 1 Slip into Old Town Central The new Ultimate MICE Guide to Old Town Central (OTC) by Meetings and Exhibi- tions Hong Kong helps planners design programmes around the best locations in the OTC cluster. It covers five key compo- nents, ranging from multi-purpose venues and teambuilding sites, to trendy dining options. It is available in printed copies as well as online. 2 Bridge of wonder The super-infrastructures of the High Speed Rail Link and the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge were unveiled in September and October 2018 respectively. Besides being architectural masterpiec- es, they also enhance connectivity between Hong Kong and her neighbours. Easier travel between Hong Kong and mainland China will mean greater Chinese attend- ance at meetings hosted in Hong Kong. 3 Asia-Pacific push The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is stepping up efforts to attract more profes- sional associations from Asia-Pacific to meet in Hong Kong even as it continues to invest in destination promotions in Europe and the US. Apart from forming strategic partner- ships with professional associations and professional conference organisers, HKTB is also strengthening connections with pro- fessional associations in China, especially medical and high-tech industry associa- tions, and organise familiarisation tours for their representatives. Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge { Pre/Post } Sail into the sunset Snack this way, please The Peninsula Hong Kong has launched a Harbour Sunset Cruise on its new 19-metre cruiser for up to 15 passengers. This two- hour evening cruise features the Symphony of Lights on Victoria Harbour. The package includes canapés and unlimited consumption of house Champagne, wine and other bever- ages, available from 6:30 to 8:30 pm nightly. A personalised chartered tour will be available for guests to book for private functions and cocktail receptions, Hong Kong Foodie Tours’ new Temple Street Night Foodie Tour takes visitors into the enclave to savour street snacks loved by generations of locals. There are opportu- nities to sample herbal drinks and learn about the secret of the beloved sweet and sour sauce. Complete the experience with a seafood dinner. The three-hour walk takes place on Monday and Thursday, covering six tasting locations. The tour takes in no more than 12 participants each time, but special arrangements can be made for private groups. The tour takes a summer break in August. Learn to bake like a pro Fancy a delicious candle? Hong Kong’s bakery chain, Kee Wah, offers traditional Chinese bakery classes at its flagship shop in a historic building in Wanchai. Each lesson lasts two to three hours, and is led by experienced instructors. Participants can choose to enrol in Chinese or Hong Kong-style bakery classes as well as seasonal classes. No more 16 people are ac- cepted per class. The predictable candle-making class gets a quirky upgrade by local candle artisan BeCandle. Appreciate iconic shrimp dumplings in a new light by replicating them via wax and candle-mak- ing. Perfect as an ice-breaker activity, participants can take their dim sum candles – packed in traditional bamboo baskets – home as souvenir. Each class takes no more than 40 pax but larger groups can be accommodated off-site.