Michael Wong, Kevin Yeung, and Dane Cheng unveil 210 events to elevate Hong Kong tourism

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Insert picture (from left to right): Kevin Yeung, Dane Cheng and Michael Wong.

21st May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong Wai-lun, together with Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung and Hong Kong Tourism Board Executive Director Dane Cheng, unveiled a detailed schedule of 210 mega events for the latter half of the year. Today’s announcement underlines the city’s strategy to not just recover from the pandemic, but to flourish by organising a diverse array of cultural, sports, and technological events.

The meticulously planned calendar includes 42 exhibitions, 15 sports events, 13 technology and innovation events, and 11 carnivals, among other attractions. This initiative, part of a broader campaign dubbed :Tourism is everywhere in Hong Kong”, aims to prepare industries to seize new business opportunities and reinforce Hong Kong as a prime global destination.

Michael Wong stated that this year’s expanded event list is expected to attract approximately 1.7 million visitors, promising a substantial boost to the local economy with an estimated influx of HK$4.3 billion in consumer spending. The strategy reflects the government’s commitment to diversifying the economic growth drivers rather than depending solely on traditional sectors.

Michael Wong stated that there will be 210 major events throughout the year, with 100 events in each half of the year, including 42 exhibitions, 15 sports events, 13 innovation and technology events, and 11 carnivals, among others. These include a major retrospective exhibition of I.M. Pei and an expansion of the fire dragon dance route in Tai Hang during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Wong mentioned that the early announcement of the events calendar is intended to help various industries prepare in advance and seize business opportunities, aligning with the vision of “Hong Kong Everywhere Is Tourism.” He estimated that these events will draw approximately 1.7 million visitors throughout the year, generating around HK$7.2 billion in consumer spending and adding about HK$4.3 billion in economic value.

In the second half of the year, the focus on cultural and creative events includes the Kungfu x Dance Carnival 2024; starting from 29th June until next January, there will be a major retrospective exhibition of I.M. Pei at the M+ Museum, the first Performing Arts Expo in October, and a series of fashion design events. The Kai Tak Sports Park, set to be completed this year and operational by 2025, will cover an area of about 28 hectares, including a 50,000-seat main stadium, a 10,000-seat indoor sports hall, a 5,000-seat public sports ground, about 14 hectares of landscaped leisure space, and other facilities.

Sports events include the 2024 Women’s Lacrosse U20 World Championship, WBSC Baseball5 World Cup, Oxfam Trailwalker, and Hong Kong Marathon. Festival events include the 75th anniversary exhibition of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance during Mid-Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Winter Fest, and a gourmet food festival.

This proactive approach by the Hong Kong government is part of a larger vision articulated by Chief Executive John Lee, who earlier highlighted the success of the tourism sector in the first four months of the year, with visitor numbers doubling compared to the same period in 2023. The surge included a significant increase in visitors from the United States, Canada, and Indonesia, with most staying overnight, further benefiting local businesses.