Hong Kong’s strength as a host for medical conventions has just been underscored with the new year bringing in an impressive line-up of conferences. The Spine World Summit 2018, the first and only regional summit featuring key opinion leaders (KOL) from multiple disciplines that served as the backbone of success. It was followed by the 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress aimed at preparing today’s ophthalmic practitioners for the ever-evolving future of eye care.
Spine World Summit 2018 gathered over 4,000 delegates in orthopaedics, neurosurgery and other healthcare practices from more than 100 distinguished faculties and 25 international associations at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 26–27 January. Thanks to Hong Kong’s excellent connectivity and proximity to China, the number of overseas visitors doubled, with over 50% from Mainland China.
“Selecting a host city in Asia Pacific for our conference is never an easy task. Hong Kong simply has the DNA for hosting a successful conference: its prime location as a central hub, modern infrastructure, visa-free policy and not to mention its fascinating choice of local attractions that appeal to our KOLS, academic leaders, clinical experts and our sponsors.” Patrick Wong, Managing Director, Spine World Limited
All eyes were on Hong Kong during the 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, a dominant driving force behind ophthalmic development in the region, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 8–11 February.
With over 5,000 delegates from 87 countries presenting their latest works and scientific innovations in major subspecialties, APAO 2018 took the opportunity to enhance the overall conference experience by mixing business with pleasure and goodwill. They held a presidential dinner at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and organised an early morning charity run along the Central Harbourfront against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline with the goal of supporting visually impaired athletes.
Following the two medical conventions, the city will continue to see a great line-up of events in association conventions. See our events calendar to learn more.