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HICAP keeps the faith with Hong Kong

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HICAP remains on course for October 23-25  at the Kerry Hong Kong.
HICAP remains on course for October 23-25 at the Kerry Hong Kong.
We believe supporting the Hong Kong hotel, travel and tourism industry is important and we’ll continue to do so by moving forward with HICAP as long as we are comfortable that our attendees and associated guests are safe and secure. We believe this is the case and welcome you to join us at the conference.– Jeff Higley, president, The BHN Group

Organisers of the 30th annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) have vowed to press ahead with this year’s conference on October 23-25 to show support for the Hong Kong hotel, travel and tourism industry.

Jeff Higley, president, The BHN Group, said the situation in Hong Kong, where there have been weeks of public protests, is being monitored “and continuously assessed”.

“Here at The BHN Group and our parent company, Northstar Travel Group, we have been having multiple communications each day.

“We are regularly communicating with the executive team at the Kerry Hotel Hong Kong. Our mission is the same as it has been since registration for HICAP opened: To ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone attending the conference," Mr Higley said.

“We’ve used our above communication as well as our network of contacts throughout Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region to assess the situation and have determined that the conference will remain on course for October 23-25  at the Kerry Hong Kong.

“The input we have received from all of the sources in our network tells us that the Kerry Hotel and the residential area in which it sits in Kowloon, has not endured any of the protests that have occurred in Hong Kong during the past few months.

“It’s true that last weekend the MTR transportation system shut down for three days as a result of the protests. But our contacts tell us that the road to Hong Kong International Airport remains clear and accessible. The team at the Kerry says taxis are readily available for the trip.”

Mr Higley added, “We believe supporting the Hong Kong hotel, travel and tourism industry is important and we’ll continue to do so by moving forward with HICAP as long as we are comfortable that our attendees and associated guests are safe and secure. We believe this is the case and welcome you to join us at the conference.”

Among those who will be at HICAP this year is Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive, Minor Hotel Group, who says, “I understand the recent events in Hong Kong have raised concerns re travel but I feel that sophisticated travellers do understand these challenges."


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