The theme on 'Honeymooning and Overseas Wedding' was popular in the ITE MICE 2013, with many of the exhibitors in the show offering the full service of organising a wedding from arranging the wedding ceremony and banquet to accommodation, sightseeing and shopping.
Hong Kong citizens according to the organiser of the expo, have been spending more on weddings especially those that are held overseas. In a recent survey by the expo revelaed that marrying couples from Hong Kong, on the average, spend HK$300,000 (US$38,500) on weddings. This was up seven percent over last year with nearly two thirds spent on banquet and honeymooning.
Occupying 16,000 square metres with separate days for trade and public, the expo in 2013 drew from 46 countries and regions, 680 exhibitors some 85 percent of which are from outside Hong Kong. Meanwhile 72 percent of its 11,872 trade visitors and buyers came from Hong Kong and China, especially Guangdong and 74 percent of the 73,200 public visitors preferred travelling as FIT.
The ITE & MICE 2014 which is the 28th International Travel Expo Hong Kong and the 9th MICE Travel Expo will be held from June 12 to 15 in 2014 at Halls 1A to 1E of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The expo is supported by China National Tourism Administration, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Macau Government Tourist Office and the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.