Government's support: CEISS will be extended ...
Government's support

CEISS will be extended to June 2023

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The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) welcomes the measures of the HKSAR government to support the convention and exhibition ("C&E") industry announced in the latest Policy Address to strengthen and capitalise on Hong Kong's status as the trade fair capital of Asia. The existing Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (CEISS), which was originally due to expire on December 31, 2022, will be extended to June 30, 2023. In addition, the HKSAR government will launch a new HK$1.4 billion (US$ 179.48 million) scheme after the CEISS expires to subsidise more than 200 exhibitions to be staged in Hong Kong over three years. The AsiaWorld-Expo Phase 2 project and the Wan Chai North redevelopment project near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre will proceed to substantially increase large-scale convention and exhibition spaces to consolidate Hong Kong's status as a premier venue for international C&E activities. Stuart Bailey, HKECIA chairman, commented, "The HKECIA welcomes the 'government's support to the convention and exhibition industry.

„The exhibition industry and business sector need to be able to freely reconnect with the world to enable the economy to recover“
Stuart Bailey, HKECIA chairman
An additional HK$1.4 billion scheme and the commitment to the development plans are a strong recognition of the significance of the exhibition industry to Hong Kong's economy and government's declaration of intention to reestablish Hong Kong as an exhibition hub of Asia." Mr Bailey added: "Our industry urges the government to lift travel restrictions and relax all social distancing measures as soon as possible. The exhibition industry and business sector need to be able to freely reconnect with the world to enable the economy to recover. Otherwise, the aforementioned new policies are not able to benefit the convention and exhibition industry, and our industry is unable to bounce back and Hong Kong will lose advantages to other Asian cities."

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