The day started with a bang. Or rather, lots of bangs, rattles and drums, as the colourful traditional Chinese opening to this, the sixth MIPIM Asia animated the exhibition centre’s hall.
The dotting of the lion’s eyes was performed by secretary for development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam after she gave her full backing to the show and an insight into the likely future development of the city. Reed Midem boss Paul Zilk helped proceedings, remarking that in these uncertain times, market knowledge was perhaps more important than ever.
And then we were off. But inside the hall, as the conference session kicked off with the Ciemniak/Huang macroeconomic keynote – (‘a great start’ – said tweeter @mikeilicic) the noises off were as big as some of the predictions they were making about currency fluctuations and world financial flows. Because, just outside the conference hall, the larger-than-life Northern Caucasus Resorts representatives were making a big song and dance about their huge development plans. And quite right too.
Back in the Pearl conference room, and occasionally to the beat, topics sped through the Asia-Pacific region, pausing in Taiwan to hear minister Christina Lie banging her own drum for her fast-expanding nation. Then it was on into the world of REITS, a quick visit to see dragons spreading their wings in China and back to Hong Kong in the city’s quest for more land, more development, bigger and better growth but with sustainable principles well to the fore.
All very exciting. But the music and lights did not stop there, however. On it was to the opening cocktail, where delegates mixed, sampled canapes on spoons, and perhaps even spread a little of the mood of the moment – which is much more positive than it is over in Europe currently, declared tweeter @LocationStrat
And finally…if you can see yourself here in our lovely slideshow of party proceedings, give yourself a little pat on the back. If you can’t, we’ll be checking you’re not still dancing in the main hall….
See you all tomorrow.