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Robust air traffic growth in April

Hong Kong International Airport handled 5.4 million passengers in April.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported another month of solid growth in April, with increases in all three air traffic categories. The airport handled 5.4 million passengers, 362,000 metric tons of cargo and 32,700 flight movements, with year-on-year increases of 9.5%, 6% and 7% respectively.

The growth in passenger traffic in April was mainly due to a 30% year-on-year growth from Hong Kong residents. Passenger traffic to/from Taiwan, mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases.

Continued growth in cargo throughput last month was driven mainly by transshipments, which were up 18% from a year ago. During the month, cargo throughput to/from the Mainland improved most significantly compared to other key regions.

HKIA handled 20.4 million passengers, 1.4 million metric tons of cargo and 126,595 flight movements in the first four months of 2014, registering year-on-year growth of 6.4%, 5.6% and 6.3% respectively.

Hospitality company sets up global HQ

Chairman and CEO of Rediscovered Andrzej Cetnarski noted that Hong Kong has a very friendly environment for new businesses and enterpreneurs.

Rediscovered, a luxury hospitality and travel concierge company, officially launched its global headquarters in Hong Kong last September, as the starting point to reach out to high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in Asia. It currently has members in Hong Kong, mainland China, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and the U.S.

The members-only club provides a wide range of high-end services, from unique residences hand-picked for members to exciting adventures and experiences in the world’s most treasured destinations. It also pairs members with their very own Membership Experience Adviser and provides Destination Concierges. Recently, the company added “Rediscovered Access” to its product portfolio, offering access to unique events and seminars around the world.

The Hong Kong office oversees business functions such as membership, operations, marketing and sales, partnerships, legal and finance.

Chairman and CEO of Rediscovered Andrzej Cetnarski said Hong Kong was chosen due to its access to the affluent customer base in the region and because Hong Kong is a center of wealth itself, a gateway to mainland China and a centralized location for business. “Hong Kong has a very friendly environment for new businesses and entrepreneurs. It is rather easy to set up a company and we can find quality employees for our operations,” he added.

CenturyLink expands with new data center

CenturyLink Technology Solutions operates two data centers in Hong Kong.

CenturyLink Technology Solutions (formerly known as Savvis), which provides integrated IT services, recently completed a rebranding exercise in Hong Kong to reflect the full spectrum of its service. CenturyLink now operates 56 data centers around the world, including two in Hong Kong. It opened a data center in Tseung Kwan O (TKO) in November, marking a substantial commitment to expand its market share in the Asia Pacific region.

The Hong Kong data center, a carrier-neutral premier Tier III facility in TKO, supports colocation and proximity hosting, with one-way connectivity to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) and rapid connections to the Tokyo and Singapore financial markets.

The center provides around 180,000 square feet of space over three stories, offering move-in ready yet reliable solutions that meet diverse needs for power, cooling, security and connectivity. It has six operators at the moment and will recruit more staff as the next phases come into operation.

InvestHK supported the company’s expansion through connecting it with relevant government bureaus and departments, providing policy updates on data center developments in Hong Kong, plus marketing and public relations support.

Security firm moves regional headquarters

InVue Security moved its regional headquarters to Hong Kong.

InVue Security, one of the largest global providers of merchandising security solutions to consumer electronic brands and retailers, has recently relocated its Asian regional office from Singapore to Hong Kong, citing the city’s proximity to its largest markets in Asia, including Japan, mainland China, Korea and India. InVue’s products are deployed around the world to protect mobile phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and other electronic devices.

InVue Security has 15 staff members based in Hong Kong, covering sales, customer service, logistics, vendor management, accounting and administration for Asia. The company plans to expand this over the next few years as the Asian business grows and will centralize more management functions into the territory.

With the new regional base now in place, InVue Security’s Asia Pacific Managing Director Michael Nicholson aims to speed up the growth in the region, a market which offers InVue Security the greatest potential compared to anywhere else in the world.

 


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