AsiaWorld–Expo

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AsiaWorld–Expo
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AsiaWorld-Expo, seen from the Hong Kong International Airport, 2007
Overview of the AsiaWorld–Expo.
AddressCheong Wing Rd
Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island
Hong Kong
LocationHong Kong International Airport
OwnerHong Kong SAR Government
OperatorAsiaWorld–Expo Management, Ltd.
Built29 March 2004; 17 years ago (2004-03-29)
Opened21 December 2005; 15 years ago (2005-12-21)
Construction cost
HK$2.35 billion
Banquet/ballroom4,000 (VIVA@AsiaWorld-Expo)
3,800 (Runway 11)
Theatre seating
14,000 (AsiaWorld-Arena)
5,000 (AsiaWorld-Summit [Hall 2])
Enclosed space
 • Exhibit hall floor70,000 square metres (750,000 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting1,143 square metres (12,300 sq ft)
 • Ballroom32,340 square metres (348,100 sq ft)
Parking1000 spaces[1]
Public transit accessAsiaWorld–Expo station
Website
Venue Website
AsiaWorld–Expo
Traditional Chinese亞洲國際博覽館
Simplified Chinese亚洲国际博览馆

The AsiaWorld–Expo is one of the two major convention and exhibition facilities in Hong Kong along with Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was opened on 21 December 2005 by Donald Tsang, the second Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and it is operated by AsiaWorld–Expo Management Limited. It is located on Chek Lap Kok island, next to the Hong Kong International Airport.

History[edit]

The complex was built under a public–private partnership involving the Hong Kong government, landowner Airport Authority Hong Kong, and a consortium led by private company Dragages et Travaux Publics.[2] The name of the new centre, AsiaWorld–Expo, was announced on 27 November 2003, and is intended to reflect Hong Kong's "Asia's World City" promotional brand, which was launched in 2001.[3]

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on 29 March 2004.[4] The new facility opened on 21 December 2005.[5]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, AsiaWorld–Expo was used as a Department of Health saliva collection and testing centre for those arriving at Hong Kong International Airport.[6]

Features[edit]

At a construction cost of HK$2.35 billion, AsiaWorld–Expo has over 70,000 square metres of space with 10 ground-level and column-free halls, including the AsiaWorld–Arena – the biggest purpose-built indoor seated entertainment arena in Hong Kong with a maximum capacity of 14,000; the AsiaWorld–Summit – Hong Kong's largest indoor conference venue that seats 700 to 5,000 persons; the Runway 11 – the venue's latest conference and function hall for 500 to 3,800 guests.

AsiaWorld–Expo is also an award-winning venue. In 2017, the arena is awarded the "Best International Venue" at the Exhibition News Awards.[7]

Venues[edit]

  • The Arena (Hall 1)
  • AsiaWorld-Summit (Hall 2)
  • Typical Halls (Halls 3–11)
  • VIVA (Halls 8 & 10)
  • Runway 11 (Hall 11)
  • Meeting & Hospitality Centre[8]

Transport[edit]

AsiaWorld–Expo is next to the airport, visitors can walk to the venue in a short distance. The venue is next to the AsiaWorld–Expo station, on the Airport Express of the Hong Kong MTR. Buses and coach from Mainland China are also available.

Most road signs directing to AsiaWorld–Expo simply refer to the venue as "Expo".[9]

Exhibitions and events[edit]

The halls of AsiaWorld–Expo, mainly AsiaWorld–Arena and VIVA, have been used for various entertainment events. They have staged concerts by acts such as Oasis,[10] Michael Bublé, Eric Clapton,[11] Il Divo,[12] Coldplay, David Guetta, Madonna, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys, Björk, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, One Direction,[13] Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5, Lily Allen, Ariana Grande, Westlife,[14] Christina Aguilera,[15] Plácido Domingo,[16] Ayumi Hamasaki,[17] Deep Purple,[18] Green Day,[19] Wonder Girls,[20] Girls' Generation,[21] L'Arc-en-Ciel,[22] Namie Amuro,[23] Stone Roses,[24] Super Junior,[25] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, X Japan, Smashing Pumpkins, Big Bang, 2NE1, G-Dragon,[26] JYJ, Exo, BTS, GOT7, Monsta X, 5 Seconds of Summer, Katy Perry, Metallica, Jessie J, Shane Filan of Westlife, Guns N' Roses, Above & Beyond, Blackpink, and many more.

Since 2013, it has hosted the Mnet Asian Music Awards. It has also hosted exhibition such as ITU Telecom World 2006, Asian Aerospace, and E-Commerce Asia.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "AsiaWorld–Expo Transportation: Private Car and Taxi". Archived from the original on 10 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  2. ^ Wu, Elaine (24 August 2003). "Airport unveils exhibition centre design". South China Morning Post. p. 4.
  3. ^ "New Exhibition Centre's Name is Announced!". AsiaWorld-Expo. 27 November 2003.
  4. ^ Chan, Carrie (30 March 2004). "Exhibition centres are told to work together to avoid rivalry". South China Morning Post. p. 3.
  5. ^ Chow, Vivienne (22 December 2005). "New exhibition venue no threat to smaller rival, operators say". South China Morning Post. p. 4.
  6. ^ "DH strengthens health quarantine and testing arrangements for inbound travellers". Hong Kong Government. 7 April 2020.
  7. ^ "AsiaWorld-Expo Crowned 'Best International Venue' – News Archives ICCA Member Press Releases ICCA". iccaworld.org. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  8. ^ AsiaWorld-Expo. "Venues Listings | AsiaWorld-Expo". www.asiaworld-expo.com. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  9. ^ Typical road sign directing to "Expo". https://www.flickr.com/photos/raymondyue/8298021961/player/fabfcbd4b1. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  10. ^ concert date: 25 February 2006
  11. ^ concert date: 17 January 2007
  12. ^ concert dates: 22 January 2007 and 26 September 2009
  13. ^ concert date: 18 March 2015
  14. ^ "AsiaWorld–Expo Concerts". Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  15. ^ Christina Aguilera Back to Basics Concert Tour
  16. ^ concert date: 1 March 2008
  17. ^ concert dates: 20–21 September 2008
  18. ^ concert date: 10 May 2010
  19. ^ concert date: 16 January 2010
  20. ^ concert date: 17 December 2010
  21. ^ concert date: 15 January 2012
  22. ^ concert date: 3 March 2012
  23. ^ concert date: 16 March 2012
  24. ^ concert date: 24 July 2012
  25. ^ concert date: 15–16 June 2012
  26. ^ "G-Dragon 2017 World Tour". YG Entertainment. 26 June 2017.

Coordinates: 22°19′17″N 113°56′38″E / 22.32139°N 113.94389°E / 22.32139; 113.94389