Swiss firm rides high over Lantau to add spice to regional meeting

Behind the allure of fine perfumes and toiletries, not to mention the culinary creations of the world's master chefs, lie a handful of companies that specialise in producing the fragrances and flavours that others rely on. One company, the 200 year old Swiss-based Givaudan, is the acknowledged leader of this business, with 25 per cent of the HK$140 billion world market. It employs 9,000 people in more than 40 countries.

Looking for a venue for a regional meeting, Givaudans Asia Pacific office in Singapore contacted Ngong Ping 360 as part of its research into Hong Kong. The Ngong Ping 360 hospitality team swung into action, providing information on all aspects of the SAR. Givaudan decided to divide its activities between a local hotel and Ngong Ping 360 itself.

The 12 executives – from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland – held their first full-day meeting at the Intercontinental Hong Kong where they were staying, then switched to Lantau for a second full-day session at Ngong Ping 360. On the second day, coach transfers were arranged to bring the group from Wanchai to Tung Chung, and the cableway was opened early so the meeting could start at Ngong Ping promptly at 10am.

The spectacular cable-car ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping, with views far over the South China Sea, proved to be a high point of the meeting for participants. It demonstrated that one of Asia's premier tourist attractions can be a valuable backdrop to a business event.