Hong Kong has many business centers outside hotels, and some are considerably cheaper than hotel facilities. Others cost about the same but offer private desks (from HK$250 per hour for desk space to upward of HK$8,000 a month for a serviced office). Amenities include a private address and phone-answering and forwarding services. Many centers are affiliated with accountants and lawyers who can expedite company registration. Some will even process visas and wrap gifts for you.
Harbour International Business Centre provides typing, secretarial support, and office rentals. Reservations aren't required. The Executive Centre and Regus are two international business services companies with several office locations in Hong Kong. They provide secretarial services, meeting and conference facilities, and office rentals. You can rent conference and meeting rooms at the American Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber also hosts regular Breakfast and Learn workshops, luncheons, seminars, and monthly networking cocktail gatherings.
American Chamber of Commerce (Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Rd., Room 1904, Central, Hong Kong. 2530–6900. www.amcham.org.hk.)
The Executive Centre (Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Level 5, 7, 8, Central, Hong Kong. 2297–2297. www.executivecentre.com.)
Harbour International Business Centre (Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, 2802, Tower One, Admiralty, Hong Kong. 3748–3748. www.hibc.com.)
Regus (2166–8000. www.regus.hk.)
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is a state-of-the-art, five-level complex located on the Wan Chai waterfront. The HKCEC houses six exhibition halls, two convention halls, two theaters, and 52 meeting rooms, totaling 920,000 square meters of rentable function space. The center is adjacent to the Convention Plaza, which includes the 825-room Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, the 549-room Grand Hyatt, office and residential towers, a shopping arcade, and an underground parking garage. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) regularly organizes trade fairs, some of which are Asia's largest, at the Convention Centre.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Expo Dr., Wan Chai, Hong Kong. 2582–8888. www.hkcec.com.hk.)
Most business centers offer delivery service, and you can sometimes arrange a delivery through your hotel concierge. Courier services such as City-Link International will pick up from your hotel, as will FedEx and DHL, who also have drop-off points all over Hong Kong. Price is based on weight and distance. Hong Kong Post also has a dependable and speedy courier service. You can drop off your package at a post office or at any one of the local courier post boxes in the city.
City-Link International Courier Co. Ltd (2382–8289. www.citylinkexpress.com.)
Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (2529–9229. www.chamber.org.hk.)
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (1830–668. www.hktdc.com.)
Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department (2392–2922. www.tid.gov.hk.)
Innovation and Technology Commission (3655–5856. www.itc.gov.hk.)
Polyglot Translations (2851–7232. www.polyglot.com.hk.)
Translation Business (2893–5000. www.translationbusiness.com.hk.)
Venture Language Training (2507–4985. www.languageventure.com.)
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