On 14 December, members enjoyed a guided tour of the Future FoodTech Lab – Hong Kong’s first FoodTech prototype display platform – at the Hong Kong Productivity Council where they learned about the benefits of advanced food processing technologies in such as aspects as improving production capacity and prolonging the shelf life of perishables. Members were also given the opportunity of visiting a number of showcases that had recently debut at HKPC. These included the TechEd Playground and Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, which were aimed respectively at promoting STEAM education and intelligent manufacturing in Hong Kong.
Members enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Meta office in Hong Kong on 18 November when Anita Lam, Director and Head of Industries at Meta Greater China, introduced the company’s metaverse initiatives and associated opportunities across various settings and industries such as gaming, retail, hotel, and education. Members also had a chance to explore the application of virtual reality (VR) technologies in business meetings through Meta’s proprietary VR system – Meta Quest.
On 29 September, members of the Chamber’s Retail and Tourism Committee and Women Executive Club visited The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel, the first Fullerton Hotel in Hong Kong and first Fullerton Resort worldwide, where they enjoyed breathtaking views of the South China Sea. The delegation also learned about the Hotel’s commitment to the environment by incorporating sustainability into its design and operations through such practices as reducing single-use plastics, and the use of eco-bricks from up-cycled plastic waste. The Hotel is also the sponsor of a coral conservation and restoration project.
Members enjoyed a guided tour of the Central Market, part of the Government’s “Conserving Central” initiative, on 2 September. Angie Chung, Deputy General Manager of Central Market, briefed members on the undertaking to revitalize the 80-year-old grade three historic building into a vibrant community, including the use of innovative technology to realise the vision of a "playground for all"
Members enjoyed a guided visit of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) and its teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON, on 27 July. Dean Kaye Chon of SHTM, who hosted the Chamber delegation, briefed members on the School’s mission on and approach to nurturing students to be future hospitality leaders before conducting a tour of the School’s broad range of training facilities and resources, which included the Chee-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre, Bistro 1979, Vinoteca Lab and Gallery of Honour. Members were also provided with the opportunity of visiting Hotel ICON to understand the hospitality industry’s response to operating under the ‘new normal’ of COVID-induced conditions.
Ms Zaf Chow, Director of Digital Strategy and Partnerships at Animoca Brands, shared with the audience a glimpse of the increasingly popular metaverse and how it can facilitate the trading of true digital ownership by applying blockchain technology. She also introduced new concepts such as Play-to-Earn (P2E) and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to the audience and explained how they could revolutionise the way businesses operate and engage with users.
Members enjoyed an insightful session on 19 January with Mr Harry Lin, Principal Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce and Industry)1 on the Government’s supportive measures and policy initiatives to the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry since the outbreak of Covid-19, as well as the Government’s long-term development plans for new venue spaces in AsiaWorld-Expo and Wan Chai North for the MICE industry.