HKCEC successfully hosts the first physical large-scale international congress

 Friday, December 9, 2022 

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The 24th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress (“APLAR 2022”), where attracted 700 delegates, including about 400 experts, speakers and delegates from overseas, was held successfully at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) from 6-9 December 2022.  The four-day congress featured a full slate of speeches, workshops and conferences as well as an exhibition showing latest rheumatology technology and industry trends. 

APLAR 2022 is the first physical large-scale international congress to have taken place in HKCEC since the pandemic, marking yet another important step in the reopening of Hong Kong’s borders to exhibition and convention participants worldwide.  In addition to keeping the organiser updated on the Hong Kong Government’s anti-epidemic and social distancing measures, HML Event managers provided solution-based advice and services to help overseas delegates efficiently fulfil the “0+3” requirements while ensuring the health and wellbeing of all those attending the congress.  Measures were wide-ranging, from venue disinfection and provision of special dining arrangements to the setting locations for of a mobile specimen truck for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Following the virtual Congress 2020 and hybrid Congress 2021, Professor Debashish Danda, President of APLAR and Dr Ronald ML Yip, Congress Chair of APLAR 2022 Hong Kong Congress, were excited to see the event return to a physical format.  “Thanks to HML’s support, we were able to host delegates from countries and regions around the world in a face-to-face setting at the HKCEC.  The HML team’s flexibility, professional advice and coordination were exceptional, as were the planning process, execution and delivery.”

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of HML, said she feels very confident about the opportunities that lie ahead for the convention and exhibition industry.  “Our experiences with the pandemic and the overwhelmingly positive response from APLAR 2022 attendees demonstrate clearly that online conferencing technologies cannot fully replace physical meetings.  APLAR 2022 is also a stellar showcase of Hong Kong’s resilience and versatility compared to other regional cities, one that HML can present to overseas organisers of major conferences as we head into 2023.”

The APLAR Congress is Asia’s leading platform showcasing world-class research and thought leadership from rheumatologists, internists, orthopaedic surgeons, clinical immunologists, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, paediatricians, and researchers from allied disciplines to facilitate deliberations on all aspects of musculoskeletal diseases.

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