Hong Kong

View of Hong Kong   Chinese dragon

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Pacific World is well established and respected as the leading Destination Management network in Asia, delivering operational excellence and creative solutions for clients looking to exploit the possibilities of this fascinating region.  In Hong Kong, our long experience allows us to offer a wide range of options for clients, from small-scale luxury incentive programmes to large-scale corporate conferences. Our team is a mixture of east and west, established and new, enabling us to combine local knowledge with international influences, and solid experience with new ideas and creativity. We believe this is what makes Pacific World Hong Kong a unique and dynamic team that ensures we deliver special and dynamic events.

Meetings: Hold a meeting in the world famous Mandarin hotel accompanied by one of the world’s most famous views: sunset over the Kowloon Bay.

Incentives: Explore the islands or New Territories, complete with paddy fields and sleepy fishing villages – it’s not all just skyscrapers.

Conferences: Take advantage of the spectacular Norman Foster designed Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) right in the heart of the city – a shining example of Hong Kong’s state-of-the-art convention venues, complete with cutting edge facilities and a new extension completed in 2009.

Events:  Hire a junk, the Star Ferry or a Tall Ship to host an event and explore Victoria Harbour with a cocktail in hand.

City of fascinating contrasts. Hong Kong is a city of contrasts – a striking fusion of East and West, old and new. Modern day, cosmopolitan living co-exists in harmony with local lifestyles and timeless traditions, where gleaming modern skyscrapers tower over rustic street markets, ancient temples and icons of the city’s colonial past. A city with a pulse, Hong Kong never sleeps. Colourful, noisy festivals and dramatic sporting events characterize the vitality of this destination and at night the city takes on a new energy – its lights create dazzling harbour views and the atmosphere of Hong Kong’s bars and restaurants is eclectic.

Hong Kong is a dynamic city, which truly offers the experience of a lifetime. It is built with the infrastructure and services required to welcome and support large groups of visitors and unique experiences to attract meetings, exhibitions and incentive programmes. All offer a comprehensive range of services and have the ability to tailor venues and facilities to meet your individual requirements, regardless of the size and scale or function. The gateway to the East. A visit to this oriental jewel is an unbelievable reward for a job well done and the ultimate destination for corporate meetings, with fascinating and exciting event programmes always available.

Hong Kong is a global hub. Worldwide direct flight access over 155 destinations a week, and visa-free entry to over 170 nationalities. A friendly environment. Hong Kong is incredibly safe, with a super-efficient transport system and all signs are in English. World-class venues and international hotel brands. Incredible standards of service characterize Hong Kong, with an average 2:1 staff to guest ratio, ensuring unsurpassed service. Centrally located in the heart of Asia, Hong Kong is a natural gateway to China and the Far East with a variety of fascinating destinations just a short hop away. Hong Kong is a complete feast for the senses ensuring a fascinating variety for event programmes. Famous views, awe-inspiring locations. A place of unique contrasts, gleaming skylines and amazing natural assets, including the beautiful harbour and over 260 islands to explore and become the highlight of any event programme.

  • When should I travel?
Hong Kong’s subtropical climate can make it a punishingly hot and humid destination during the summer months. June to mid-September is the hottest time when humidity soars. Summer is also typhoon season, when tropical storms sweep rain and high winds off the South China Sea.  Even in late spring and early autumn, wandering Hong Kong’s streets can be warm work. The best time to go climate-wise is in early spring (March and April) or late autumn (October and November), when the days are generally warm, fresh and (wind direction and mainland smoke stacks permitting) the air often clearer.
Things can cool down a good deal in winter, when it can often be overcast (as opposed to merely smoggy) and temperatures may even feel chilly enough to don warmer layers.

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Hong Kong is a remarkably safe city by day or night. Friendly police officers patrol frequently. To ensure that your stay is pleasant and hassle free, please keep your money, valuables and travel documents in a safe place, like the hotel room safe. Attend to your belongings especially when you are in a crowded place. Beware of people making dubious offers and those who may try to distract you and take away your belongings. Be wary of people offering gambling or investment opportunities.
 
  • What money should I take?
The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. Interestingly, Hong Kong banknotes are issued by three banks (HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China), and vary in design and colour for each denomination.

  • What language will they understand?
Cantonese is the Chinese dialect spoken by over 88% of the people in Hong Kong. However, English is widely used in the Government and by the legal, professional and business sectors as well as tourist areas. Most taxi drivers and salespeople are able to communicate in English.

  • How about my health?
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, automatic sensors will take your temperature at the Hong Kong International Airport and boundary control points, and if it is high, you will be required to have a quick health check. Tap water is soft in character and conforms to the guidelines for drinking-water quality recommended by the World Health Organisation. However, most people prefer to drink bottled water. As an international city, Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing outstanding care. Hong Kong also maintain a high standard of hygiene facilities to better protect public health. Public washroom, hand sanitisers can be commonly found in attractions, shopping malls to raise personal hygiene awareness. Hong Kong has strict laws to maintain environmental hygiene, including fixed penalty fines of HK$1,500 for littering or spitting. Please help to keep Hong Kong clean and beautiful!

  • Public Holidays

2012

January 1 New Year's Day (Sunday)
January 2* The first day following New Year's Day
January 23 Lunar New Year’s Day (Monday)
January 24 The second day of Lunar New Year (Tuesday)
January 25 The third day of Lunar New Year (Wednesday)
April 4 Ching Ming Festival (Wednesday)
April 6 Good Friday (Friday)
April 7 The day following Good Friday (Saturday)
April 9 Easter Monday (Monday)
April 28 The Buddha's Birthday (Saturday)
May 1 Labour Day (Tuesday)
June 23 Tuen Ng Festival (Saturday)
July 1 Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day (Sunday)
July 2* The day following Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day (Monday)
September 30 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Sunday)
October 1** National Day / The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Monday)
October 2** The day following National Day (Tuesday)
October 23 Cheung Yeung Festival (Tuesday)
December 25 Christmas Day (Tuesday)
December 26 The first weekday after Christmas Day (Tuesday)

2013
January 1 New Years Day
February 11 Chinese New Year
February 12 Chinese New Year
March 29 Good Friday
April 1 Easter Monday
April 5 Ching Ming Festival
May 1 Labour Day
May 17 The Buddha's Birthday
June 12 Dragon Boats
July 1 Special Administration Region (SAR) Day
September 20 Late mid-Autumn festival
October 1 National Day
October 14 Chung Yeung Festival
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day

  • Do I need a visa?
If South African citizens stay in Hong Kong for less than 30 days, they don't need to apply for a Hong Kong visa. South African citizens are exempt from a  visa to Macau for up to 30 days.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
No innoculations are required for Hong Kong.