Hong Kong Travel Expo Offers Holiday Tips for Savvy Travelers

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Here I am with representatives of the Leading Taiwan Travel Agency at International Travel Expo (ITE) 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Coming Events

Record crowds are expected at the 32nd annual International Travel Expo, which opens to the trade on 14 June 2018 for four days and to public on 16 June for 2 days. ITE offers a great chance to get travel ideas for your next holiday or trip.

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More than 670 exhibitors from roughly 55 travel destinations around the world will showcase their wares at the 32th International Travel Expo.

Key themes this year will be sports tourism, adventure tourism, eco-tourism, overseas weddings, and cruises.

Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island, the fair will offer a great chance for holiday makers to “preview” potential travel destinations from the four corners of the globe.

The fair, which will open on 14 June 2018, will be accessible exclusively to the trade the first 2 days, 14 and 15 June. It will be open to the public on 16 and 17 June.

A total of more than 12,000 members of the trade and upwards of 90,000 members of the public are expected to attend the popular trade fair which is one of the largest travel trade fairs in Asia.

Attendees will include a large number of affluent travelers from mainland China and Hong Kong, who rank among the world’s biggest spenders when they travel.

The World Tourism Organization ranked Hong Kong as the third larget outbound market in terms of tourism expenditure in 2016. The SAR is the 10th largest outbound market globally.

There will be 120 travel seminars hosted by popular travel writers and travel bloggers, cultural performances, special offers, and a lucky draw, with valuable prizes.

The top prize, worth over HK$200,000, is The 100th Global Voyage – 96 Days Around The World Cruise (Southern Hemisphere) for 2 persons by Peace Boat (Presented by Lotus Tours)!

Other prizes include air tickets, hotel vouchers, cameras – the list goes on.

The admission fee to the International Travel Expo will be HK$30 on Saturday and HK$25 on Sunday.

Photo Opps

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A highlight for many visitors to the International Travel Expo is the large number of photo opps.

There will be mascots wearing national costumes, colourful 3D backdrops, and entertainers wearing ethnic costumes.

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One of the most spectacular props this year will be the World’s Largest LEGO@Ship Model.

Travel Seminars

Targeted at members of the travel industry, about 100 travel seminars be held on the first two days of the expo.

Travel seminars will cover a range of topics. Most of them will be put on by exhibitors introducing their travel destinations.

Hong-kong-ite-seminarsA few of  the seminars will cover other topics such as ocean cruises, traveling by rail, air travel, cycling, and food.

Most of the travel seminars will be held in Cantonese. Many will be held in Mandarin. Only a very small handful will be held in English.

Unfortunately, one of the seminar that I would really like to attend will be presented in Cantonese: travel photography.

Cultural Performances

A handful of cultural performances will be presented on the Grand Stage during the first two days of the expo.

Targeted primarliy at the general public, a full schedule of cultural performances will be put on on the Grand Stage on June 16 and 17.

Highlights will include the Korea Pang Show a Japan robotic show, and traditional folk dances from Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, and other countries.

International Travel Destinations

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Hong Kong booth at  International Travel Expo 2018. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Macau pavilion at International Travel Expo 2018. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Thailand pavilion at International Travel Expo 2018. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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China pavilion at International Travel Expo 2018. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Hainan pavilion at International Travel Expo 2018. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

ITE Hong Kong  is global in scope, with 85% of exhibitors coming from abroad, representing 55 travel destinations.

Among the 650 exhibitors are 80 official tourism boards from travel destinations far and wide.

China, Macau, Japan, Korea, and Macau were especially well represented at ITE.

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Sir Lankan Airlines book at International Travel Expo 2018. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Sri Lankin Airlines was one of several international air carriers with a booth at the fare which will offer Hong Kong’s affluent travelers a great chance to get travel ideas for their next vacation or holiday.

MICE Travel Expo

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The 14th annual MICE Travel Expo will run concurrently with the event. It will focus on events planners and other corporate visitors.

How to Get to the Fair

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is located on the waterfront in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island. It overlooks Victoria Harbour.

The three most popular forms of transport for fair-goes are the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), taxis, and the Star Ferry.

MTR – the closest Mass Transit Railway station is Wanchai. Taking exit A5, it is a 15 minute walk from the the station to the convention centre along pedestrian bridges and through buildings. The station is air-conditioned, but the bridges are not. Hours vary from station to station, but trains run roughly between 6 am and 1 am at intervals of every 2 to 6 minutes.

Taxis – the fare at flag fall is HK$24. Drivers can charge an additional HK$6 for each piece of baggage. Tips are not expected, but drivers will usually round fares up to the closet HK$5 or HK$10. Taxi drivers in Hong Kong are supposed to take passengers wherever they want to go, but many drivers don’t like to cross Victoria Harbour. There are two taxi ranks at the entrance of the convention centre: one is for trips to other parts of Hong Kong Island; the other, for trips across the harbour to Kowloon. If taking a taxi across the harbour, the driver is entitled to charge passengers double the cross-harbour toll unless the passenger has boarded the taxi at a designated cross-harbour rank, in which case only a single charge should be levied.

Star Ferry – the Wanchai Ferry Pier is a 10 minute walk from the convention centre, and the walkway is covered but not air-conditioned. The Star Ferry operates ferries from the pier to the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour. They operate every eight to 20 minutes from 7.20 am to 11.30 pm. The fare for adults ranged from HK$2.7 to HK$3.1 each way. This is the most pleasant – and economical way – of crossing the harbour.

Other transport options include buses and trams.

Where

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre can be reached on foot from the Wanchai MTR station on the Island line.

It is a short taxi ride from Central, Causeway Bay, North Point, Happy Valley, Lan Kwai Fong, Hollywood Road, and other points on Hong Kong Island.

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