ASAE, US Association Executives Met with Hong Kong Association Community

WASHINGTON—ASAE's Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC), a group of US-based association leaders, recently traveled to Hong Kong and participated in a week-long learning and networking event, February 16-22. The group explored Hong Kong as a future destination for expanding the presence of US associations. The trip included an overview of Hong Kong as a business destination while also covering the rich cultural and historical background of the region.

WASHINGTON—ASAE's Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC), a group of US-based association leaders, recently traveled to Hong Kong and participated in a week-long learning and networking event, February 16-22. The group explored Hong Kong as a future destination for expanding the presence of US associations. The trip included an overview of Hong Kong as a business destination while also covering the rich cultural and historical background of the region.

“As US associations explore global markets to expand their business offerings and connect with organizations abroad, it’s important for us to learn about the culture and business structure of these markets,” said KGAC chairman Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, FACHE, CPA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, APICS The Association for Operations Management. “With Hong Kong’s robust infrastructure and well-developed system of business support and services, US associations and their members will find Hong Kong a key destination for future Asia-Pacific outreach efforts.”

"We wish to thank the Hong Kong Tourism Board, ASAE's event partner, for supporting this meaningful trip," added ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

The week-long trip included meetings with and presentations from the Hong Kong office of the U.S. Commercial Service (division of the United States Commerce Department), InvestHK, Hong Kong Tourism Board, & Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Hong, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, International Congress and Convention Association, and others. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a “Meeting of the Minds,” a day-long program, coordinated by MCI, where KGAC members and ASAE leaders had the opportunity to interact with Hong Kong-based association executives and exchange common trends and opportunities impacting associations in the two countries.

The attendees also learned about the culture of Hong Kong and experienced its authentic as well as international cuisine. “With its European and Asian roots, Hong Kong offers many ideal solutions for US-based associations,” added Graham.

KGAC is open to leaders of US-based associations with a robust global presence.

For more information about KGAC, contact Jakub M. Konysz, director, global development, ASAE, at [email protected]. For information on the Hong Kong Tourism Board, please contact Francesco C. Leboffe at [email protected] or 1-212-421-7366.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

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