This year’s Hong
Kong Wine & Dine Festival, a leading regional event which
attracted 452 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions and over
168,000 visitors in 2018, has been cancelled.
The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival was scheduled to take place 31 October
to 3 November 2019.
The Hong Kong Cyclothon, due to take place on 13
October 2019, has also been
These are just two of the latest casualties in a
growing number of major international events that have been
cancelled recently, causing even further damage to Hong Kong's
MICE and tourism industry, as well as the broader economy. The
2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open, which should have started
tomorrow, was cancelled last month, and the
Global Wellness Summit 2019 moved its 3-day event in October
from Hong Kong to Singapore.
Protests in Hong Kong have become increasingly
violent in recent weeks, and in some cases can only be described
as riots. The protestors managed to close the airport, one of the busiest in the world, for almost two days
in August. They
have also caused a lot of damage to public and private property,
attacked innocent civilians and the police,
and disrupted public transport and roads, not only within the
city, but also to and from the airport. Hotels have been badly
affected with OR, ADR and RevPAR all down considerably.
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Chairman, Dr YK Pang, said, “The decision to
cancel the Hong Kong Cyclothon and the Hong Kong Wine & Dine
Festival was certainly not an easy one. The two events enjoy huge
popularity among local residents and visitors, and great support
from local and international partners, sponsors and exhibitors.
However, in view of unforeseen circumstances in the coming weeks,
it would be challenging to us to ensure the smooth running of the
two events, so we have decided to cancel both of the mega events.”
All those who were supposed to take part in the Hong Kong Cyclothon will get
a full refund of their enrolment fee by the end of November 2019.
They will also get a 20% discount on the enrolment fee if
they join the event next year.
Similarly, exhibitors of the Hong Kong Wine
& Dine Festival will be refunded in full and will also get a 20%
discount on the participation fee for next year’s event.