HONG KONG – Harbour Plaza Hong Kong, the flagship property of Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts conveniently located in Whampoa Garden – a café and boutique laden neighborhood in Kowloon 5 minutes removed from the bustling Tsimshatsui district – has re-defined itself as the city’s premier MICE hotel and destination.
The chic hotel is situated just steps from the city’s scenic artery, the Victoria Harbor, where colossal cruise ships and almost unimaginably small two-man fishing boats negotiate the same port waves. Along the hotel’s waterfront, local children drop little fishing lines into the water as adjacently-docked Star Ferries usher commuters to and from the landmark Island districts of Wanchai, North Point and Central.
It is this ambience, this soothing proximity to the water and away from the horns and sound systems and city works, that help set the MICE stage for an ever-growing number of top corporations whose management is more than happy to strike a balance between the grind of daily meetings inside the hotel and quality leisure time that the hotel provides – nearer their rooms and suites.
“MICE is our main focus right now,” admitted general manager Jonathan Wilson, who has been with the property for more than seven years. “We are finding that more and more companies are searching for less traditional ‘business’ destinations. Rather, leaders seek accommodations where they can unleash their creative energies, and we offer various aesthetics that help foster this creativity.
“From our glass-walled rooftop pool and pool deck and our outdoor dining terrace just next to the water, to our 2-story, multifaceted, pillarless grand ballroom and harbor-view salon, pleasant surroundings are everywhere. Our seven restaurants offer so many menu choices for meeting groups. It’s very difficult to list the possibilities that clients have here.”
Add private pier to that list. The hotel has its own, which it uses for catered MICE group junk trips and for shuttle ferry transport to and from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Harbour Plaza Hong Kong is the only hotel that can boast this, to go along with its regular free shuttle bus service to and from Tsimshatsui.
“Our fair period shuttle ferry service is something that guests appreciate and more importantly enjoy,” added Wilson.
MICE planners’ demands for functional space are exceeded when the hotel unveils its ever-growing list of options, beginning with the grandiose ballroom which seats up to 550 in a theatre setup and accommodates up to 600 for a cocktail function. The grand ballroom is also one of Hong Kong’s definitive wedding halls, and it can be bisected into two individual rooms as well. Outside the ballroom is the harbor-view panorama offered by a magnificent pre-function area, which includes three well-suited breakout salons (one with a magnificent view) and the subtly appointed Whampoa Lounge, where two-story windows reveal the seascape and drinks are served at a lush bar. Corporate wine-tastings have been the flavor so far.
A recent creative client wished to display their products in a more discreet and intimate setting, and the hotel’s MICE personnel rolled out the Presidential treatment. The hotel’s two Presidential Suites were transformed into the client’s museum-style showrooms for luxury items. Soft music and champagne circulated throughout each suite’s 3,200 square feet, replete with mesmerizing two-story sea views.
And of course, there are the outdoor facilities. The rooftop’s upper and lower pool decks, where one of Hong Kong’s most renowned infinity pools famously reveals swimming forms through it glass walls, have been the stage for cocktail parties among the stars – of both the astronomical and cinematic varieties. A number of feature films and television series have filmed at this choice location, where a combined 300 guests (upper and lower pool decks) may assemble.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s newest offerings, the complete makeover of the buffet restaurant, “The Promenade,” is a buffet maker’s dream come true, complete with fabulous harbor views and an array of excellent international cuisine, as well as an extended new VIP area. The remodelled restaurant, which boasts addition live-cooking stations and a fully-serviced, black-granite buffet area ensuring continuous food and beverage service amid the quiet luxury of the lounge. Accessible by boat via the hotel’s private pier, The Promenade, which seats 200 is Hong Kong’s ultimate dining experience by the sea.
Additionally, the recently-refurbished Harbour Club Lounge offers additional facilities and services most appreciated by executive guests, such as extension of buffet area, an inclusion of a new coffee and tea bar and a separate stylish and ergonomic workspace. Club Floor guests can also make use of wireless broadband Internet access and the convenient checkout and trip-planning services rendered by the Club hosts.
The array of the facilities, the functionality of the venues and the can-do spirit of a dedicated MICE team all contribute to the success and bright future for MICE activity at one of Hong Kong’s landmark hotels. Harbour Plaza Hong Kong offers the alternatives demanded by a creative-thinking clientele searching for business solutions for the 21st century.
For more information on Harbour Plaza Hong Kong MICE options, please email or call (852) 2996 8026.
About Harbour Plaza Hong Kong
Harbour Plaza Hong Kong, a deluxe hotel with 554 beautifully-appointed rooms and serviced suites, is located along the Kowloon waterfront offering breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. Conveniently situated next to the Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa, the hotel is adjacent to the Ferry Piers traveling to Central, Wanchai and North Point and is only five minutes from the downtown Tsimshatsui business and shopping district. Key facilities include wireless broadband Internet service available throughout the hotel, a deluxe fitness center with sauna, steam bath and Spa Services, a rooftop pool featuring a one-sided glass wall overlooking the harbour, seven renowned restaurants, a 4,500 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom and three versatile function rooms for meetings and conferences.