Hong Kong

DE 45 Simon Gilkes | Hong Kong


The bustling city of Hong Kong is not only a famed tourist location, but it also boasts a bustling business sector. In this episode of Destination Everywhere, your hosts Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth take you to Hong Kong to showcase its endless charms for business and event travel. They are joined by James LaValle, Manager of Conventions, Exhibitions, and Corporate Events for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Simon Gilkes, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Hotels Hong Kong. They discuss the numerous destination spots ideal for exploration on your next business travel. They also enumerate the wide array of activities they offer for group incentive travels. Get to know the multicultural global hotspot and what else you can look forward to in Hong Kong.


Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth are travel and hospitality entrepreneurs and owners of the global meetings organization, American Meetings, Inc. From sourcing hotels in Hong Kong to corporate event management around the world, their team selects corporate event venues and meeting planners for a wide array of enterprise business clients, providing ideas for convention themes and strategies for running global meetings and events. Learn more at www.americanmeetings.com.

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Hong Kong

Todd And Andy’s Destination Favorites in Hong Kong

Hosts Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill list down some of their favorite areas to frequent in Hong Kong for a great experience.

  • Lion Rock Country Park
  • Art Basel
  • Hollywood Road
  • Happy Valley Racecourse
  • Dragon Boat Festival in Victoria Harbor
  • Symphony of Light show

Hong Kong And Some Misconceptions

James Lavalle, Manager of Conventions, Exhibitions, and Corporate Events for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, joins this episode to share the beauty of Hong Kong.

One of the most confusing topics for tourists concerns Hong Kong’s geography and government. Hong Kong is a part of China but, like Macau, is considered a special administrative region. It is distinct and separate but still certainly a part of China in an indirect manner.

One misconception related to this is the language barrier. As a by-product of 99 years under British colonial rule, English has become the language of business and service in Hong Kong. This only adds to the culturally diverse air of Hong Kong, where Western influences meet Asian tradition.

Must-Do Activities In Hong Kong for Every Traveler

  • Engulf in the skyline view offered by the Harbor Cruise
  • Enjoy the mountains at Victoria Peak
  • Immerse in ancient temples and;
  • Explore fishing villages In Lantau Island

Team Building Activities To Enjoy For Group Incentive Travels

  • Dragon Boat Racing
  • Tai Chi Class
  • Tea Appreciation Classes
  • Cooking classes ranging from Michelin to Disney
  • Sound Baths and Forest Therapy

Immerse In Authentic And Innovative Cuisines

As one of the most multicultural cities in Asia, you can experience a full range of cuisines and gourmet dishes from the global scene. For a taste that is uniquely Hong Kong, here are some places to check out:

  • Dai Pai Dong food stalls
  • Fresh seafood from the fishing villages in Sai Kung
  • Alving Yeung’s Bo Innovation
  • Tim Ho Wan
  • And more

Eye-catching Venues Of The Past And Upcoming Venues For Future Visits

Hong Kong does not fall behind when it comes to historical sites and extends its uniqueness to them as well. Here are some of the must-see historic developments:

  • Heritage 1881
  • PMQ
  • Tai Kwun Heritage Center

Hong Kong also boasts exciting new and upcoming projects that will spice up any future business event you’re planning. Take note of these locations:

  • Rosewood Hong Kong
  • New Marriot Hotels by the Ocean Park
  • Asia World Expo
  • 11 Skies, the largest dining and entertainment district in Hong Kong
  • Upcoming 1000-room Sheraton project
  • K11 Luxury Art Mall
  • Hotel Alexandra

Hong Kong is an ideal destination for every season. Summer is perfect for short-haul, domestic travel, fall for long-haul business meetings and incentives, and the great winter weather makes for a fantastic experience. Find the best deals and group rates from July through August, November through mid-December, and January to early March.

The Rosewood Hotel: Home Away From Home

Simon Gilkes, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Hong Kong, explains the appeal of their successful array of luxury hotels and what it’s offering in its Hong Kong branch located at the Victoria Dockside Arts and Design District. It’s steps away from the Museum Mile and Avenue of Stars and sits in the middle of the bustling shopping district.

The hotel’s ethos to offer a sense of place to it’s a guest, a sense of being home away from home. Even for business events, it provides a comforting space to unwind while having dedicated areas for any agenda including beautiful ballrooms, a foyer with a large English-style garden and a destination bar for event guests. They also offer an elevated and more intimate C-level event experience with their Pavilion floors.

Special Guest Experiences

  • Dim Sum Making
  • Feng-shui Masterclass
  • Cultural Concierge Tour Guides
  • Chinese Tea Masterclass
  • Mountain Hiking and Beach activities

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