The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is a world-class convention venue and exhibition facility located in Wan Chai North, fronting the world-renowned Victoria Harbour. It was built on reclaimed land off Gloucester Road in 1988. An extension was constructed on an artificial island especially reclaimed for the centre's expansion which began 1994 and was completed in 1997. Further expansion was made during 2006-2009, making the HKCEC one of the region's largest facility capable of hosting big events.
One of the main architectural features of the HKCEC is its glass curtain, considered as the world's largest at the time it was constructed, which provides amazing views of Victoria Harbour on three sides of the building.
Another structural highlight of the convention centre is its 40,000 square-metre aluminum roof which mimics a seabird soaring in flight. The roof's shape makes this building one of the most identifiable landmark on the skyline of Hong Kong Island.
The HKCEC it is linked by covered walkways to two world-class hotels, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. It is also a short distance away from other popular buildings, commercial centres as well as government facilities.
HKCEC facilities include: 6 exhibition halls; 2 convention halls with a total seating capacity of 6,100; 2 theatres with total seating capacity of 1,000; 52 meeting rooms; pre-function areas; 7 restaurants; a business centre; and parking space for 1,300 cars and 50 vans.