Tech festival offers '110pc' safeguard

Local | Cissy So 10 Jul 2020

The upcoming Hong Kong Computer and Communication Festival promises to offer a "110 percent safeguard scheme" to help exhibitors in the event of a Covid-19-based cancellation.

The festival, under the theme of "technology, connection, life," will be held together with eHealth and Sports Tech Expo from August 21 to 24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

But this week's spike in Covid-19 cases has sparked concerns over whether such massive fairs should be allowed to press ahead.

Jacky Cheung Yiu-shing, the founding president of the festival organizer, Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry, said the festival will be canceled only if the government requests it. He also said they had staged the computer festival during the 2003 SARS outbreak.

"If the pandemic has gotten worse, which possibly would not happen, and the festival cannot be held, then we'll have a 110 percent rebate," said chamber chairman Reggie Wong Chi-keung.

For the 110 percent safeguard, 90 percent of booth rents will be refunded, while the remaining 20 percent will act as next year's booth rental fee.

The chamber also promised exhibitors a rebate of up to 20 percent of their rents with it being in line for a payout under the convention and exhibition industry subsidy scheme, which will be launched on July 24.

As for disease-prevention measures, Cheung said the distance between booths will be increased, exhibitors and visitors will be required to wear masks and undergo infra-red thermal scans to check temperatures.

Cheung also plans to offer incentives to "attract consumers," saying visitors will be offered "lucky cards."

Each visitor will receive one lucky card at the entrance, with multiple lucky cards able to be used at once if visitors group them with family and friends.

Each of the cards will offer coupons worth HK$10 to HK$500.

On the new eHealth and Sports Tech Expo, Cheung said: "In the past year, a lot of citizens have been working from home, and that there will be many updated technology products to help them inprove their physical fitness and health at home."

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