As many of you are aware, Hong Kong has seen frequent demonstrations in the past three months – many of which have made global headlines. We understand that the current situation may have caused concerns about traveling to Hong Kong in the near future, and we hope to address those concerns in this newsletter.
Most of the protests in Hong Kong have been non-violent, but of course that does not make good headline material, so the media portrayal focuses on the most sensational images & events. Protests are largely extremely civil; by some measures the largest have included up to 2 million people – over 20% of the city’s population! Marchers have included people from all walks of life – including students and young children. When there are clashes with the police, these tend to involve activist elements late at night. All of these clashes are planned in advance in known areas.
Our conference venues & hotels are far removed from the current protest areas – even if the current scenario carries forward into the next few months. The protests – and particularly altercations with police – have been very localised and life goes on as normal elsewhere in the city. Unless you are specifically in a protest – which could only be with a fair amount of planning and intention – you should not have anything to worry about.
You may also be concerned about the events that transpired at the airport, which resulted in cancellations of flights during parts of the day, on two consecutive days. The Government has put measures in place, which ensure that these events do not occur again. In addition, the negative publicity associated with the airport protest makes it unlikely protesters will repeat. Public transport has also been running as normal – apart from sporadic periods during the protests, when they have been temporarily delayed.
Hong Kong is safe & secure for visitors, and there is no reason why the current situation should impact on your decision to visit Hong Kong – for business or leisure. We look forward to welcoming you to one or more of our events in Hong Kong.