ASAE Members Fascinated by Old Hong Kong’s New Charm

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Study Mission to Hong Kong concluded on 25–29 March 2017, which marked the sixth consecutive year of the long-standing partnership between MEHK and ASAE. 

This year, nine ASAE members representing a range of industries flocked to Hong Kong for a fruitful study mission. Apart from site inspections at the two convention centres, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and AsiaWorld Expo (AWE), the group also got to visit the city’s latest convention hotel, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, which opened on 28 April 2017.

To enhance academic insights for the study mission, Ms Pansy Yau, Deputy Research Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) was invited as a guest speaker for Hong Kong Forum, to share her thoughts on the topic of economic development in the Asia Pacific region and the Belt & Road initiative.

On top of knowledge exchange and networking, the group enjoyed a guided tour to the sightseeing spots of Old Town Central and gourmet experiences at Heritage 1881 — the former headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police. The Victorian architecture strikes a fascinating contrast to the city’s state-of-the-art offerings. 

“Tradition and innovation, heritage and modernity, this study mission showcases a real Hong Kong experience. In a city that preserves its traditions while looking firmly to the future, any organization would benefit from meeting in Hong Kong. Visits to these historical attractions with a contemporary flare would be a great after-hours idea for delegates. The team from MEHK gave me some great ideas for future meetings!” 

Mark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAE, 
Chief Executive Officer, Construction Specifications Institute