APLAR 2022 was the first physical large-scale international congress to have taken place in HKCEC since the pandemic, marking yet another important step in the reopening of Hong Kong's borders to exhibition and convention participants worldwide. The 24th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress (APLAR 2022), which attracted 700 delegates, including about 400 experts, speakers and delegates from overseas, was held successfully at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from December 6 to 9, 2022.
„APLAR 2022 is also a stellar showcase of Hong Kong's resilience and versatility compared with other regional cities“
The congress featured a full slate of speeches, workshops and conferences as well as an exhibition. In addition to keeping the organiser updated on the Hong Kong Government's anti-epidemic and social distancing measures, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Management (HML) Event managers provided solution-based advice and services to help overseas delegates efficiently fulfil the "0+3" requirements while ensuring the health and wellbeing of all those attending the congress. Following the virtual Congress 2020 and hybrid Congress 2021, Professor Debashish Danda, president of APLAR and Dr Ronald ML Yip, congress chair of APLAR 2022 Hong Kong Congress, were excited to see the event return to a physical format. Ms Monica Lee-Müller, managing director of HML, said she feels very confident about the opportunities that lie ahead for the convention and exhibition industry. "APLAR 2022 is also a stellar showcase of Hong Kong's resilience and versatility compared with other regional cities, one that HML can present to overseas organisers of major conferences as we head into 2023."