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GS1 Asia Pacific Regional Forum 2019 (By invitation only)




We are honoured to host the high-profiled GS1 Asia Pacific Regional Forum 2019 (“the Forum”) in Hong Kong. Gathering the management team from GS1 member organisations across the Asia Pacific region, the Forum will discuss the status of strategic initiatives, on-going regional projects, exchange insights and help the region to better respond to future challenges.

Trainings is also an integral part of the Forum to meet the needs of the region.

The Forum also serves as a platform for delegates to meet and network, to connect and share their best practices.

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Please contact Ms. Justina Lam for any enquiries.
Tel: +852 2863 9736 / +852 2863 9766



HK Declaration


Asia-Pacific GS1 Member Organisations reach new milestone with the Hong Kong Declaration

HK Declaration

The Asia-Pacific region is diverse, dynamic and the most competitive region in the world. Representing half of the world population and close to half of global trade, it is strategically important for any business focusing on long term growth. As the growth engine of the world the adoption of GS1 standards is also increasing, with the advent of modern retail in developing markets but more importantly with the meteoric rise of e-commerce, led by the likes of China, India and ASEAN. GS1 Asia-Pacific stands ready to support this growth and has made significant moves towards a new more effective way of working together in the Asia-Pacific region.


With a sense of common purpose, the member organisations of the Asia-Pacific region came together and signed the Hong Kong Declaration on 24th October in Hong Kong, China. The signing signifies a common understanding to commit to a new way of working together to better promote GS1 in the Asia-Pacific region. It will support the GS1 members to move products to market faster, open new markets in the region effectively, including leveraging eMarketplaces, enhancing business operational efficiency and cross-border trade facilitation including customs procedures through adoption of GS1 standards and services. Foundational for the cooperation will be a regional governance, building on a structure with a Council overseeing activities, and a Steering Committee monitoring work on an operational level.

Specific focus areas that will be supported include digital food information, customs cooperation and cross-border trade facilitation including cross-border e-commerce, e-invoicing and public procurement, as well as cooperation with eMarketplaces. It is believed that this new way of working together will strengthen cooperation, amplify the voice of GS1 Asia-Pacific within the GS1 community, and lead to better outcomes for the 500,000 GS1 members in the region.



The signatories of the Declaration are: GS1 AustraliaGS1 ChinaGS1 Hong Kong ChinaGS1 IndiaGS1 IndonesiaGS1 JapanGS1 KoreaGS1 LankaGS1 Macao ChinaGS1 MalaysiaGS1 New ZealandGS1 PhilippinesGS1 SingaporeGS1 Chinese TaipeiGS1 ThailandGS1 Vietnam.




Key Programmes at a Glance

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Deep Dive Session


  • Oct 21 pm
  • Deep dive session facilitated by Nick Allison (GS1 NZ), Patrik Jonasson (GS1 AP), Marcel Sieria (GS1 Aust)
  • GS1 HK office: 22/F, OTB Building, 160 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, HK

Smart Airport Visit


  • Oct 22 morning, 07:45 pick up at Renaissance Hotel
  • Hong Kong International Airport

Asia Pacific Forum 2019

  • Oct 22-24
  • Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

Regional Trainings

  • Oct 22-24
  • Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

GS1 HK Summit 2019


  • Oct 25
  • Hong Kong Convention Exhibition and Centre

30th Anniversary Finale Cocktail


  • Oct 25
  • The St. Regis Hong Kong Hotel


Daily Programmes

Monday, 21 Oct (12:30-18:30)

Deep Dive session (Optional)
Visit Smart Business Innovation Centre at GS1 HK Office (Optional)

Tuesday, 22 Oct (07:45-20:00)

“Smart Airport” visit: Hong Kong International Airport (Optional)
Networking Lunch
CEO Session
Welcome Reception at Assaggio, Art Centre

Wednesday, 23 Oct (08:45-22:00)

Forum Opening Session
AP Forum / Training
Networking Lunch
AP Forum / Training
Official Dinner at The Hong Kong Jockey Club 

Thursday, 24 Oct (09:00-21:00)

AP Forum / Training 
Networking Lunch 
Forum Closing & Handover Session
Sightseeing Activity
Farewell Dinner

Friday, 25 Oct (09:00-20:00)

You are cordially invited to the following events:

GS1 Hong Kong Summit - "Smart Business: Creating, Connecting, Collaborating"
Location: S200 Series, 2/F, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Time: 09:00-17:00


GS1 Hong Kong 30th Anniversary Finale Cocktail
Location: The St. Regis Hong Kong, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Time: 18:00-20:00


AP Forum


AP Forum Agenda

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  • 0.5-day training
  • Oct 22 pm
  • Trainer: Phil Archer
  • 1-day training
  • Oct 23 am
  • Oct 24 am
    • GS1 standards for hospitals
    • How to engage your healthcare market
  • Trainer: Tania Snioch
  • 1.5-day training
  • Oct 23 pm & Oct 24 full day
  • Trainer: Chris Liu

Training description & Trainers profile

GS1 Digital Link


WHO should attend?

Industry engagement, technical experts, data services, strategists, innovation teams


WHY is it important for MOs?

GS1 Digital Link is the expression of the GS1 identification system on the World Wide Web. It connects trade items to information about those items, be that consumer-facing or B2B. The move to more granular identification through 2D barcodes and the expectation of easy access to information, driven by our everyday experiences online, mean that Digital Link is a key component of the future of GS1.

Our offer

WHAT’s in our course description?

Learn what business problems GS1 Digital Link solves (plot spoiler: better consumer engagement, one barcode for multiple purposes, frictionless, lower cost, simpler data sharing).

What actually is GS1 Digital Link? What do technical and non-technical colleagues need to know?

What benefits are available to manufacturers and retailers now? What will be the benefits in the future?

What is the current state of the standard? What the heck is a ‘resolver’ and do I really need to know or care?

Similar to the way a web address (URL) points to a specific website, GS1 Digital Link enables connections to all types of business-to-business and business-to-consumer information from a single data carrier. It’s completely agnostic about the type of data carrier: brands can now use a traditional 1D barcode, a QR code, radio-frequency identification (RFID), GS1 DataMatrix tag or near-field communication (NFC) to connect to their customers. (This training is only offered if the MOs in the region prioritise it)


Phil Archer




Phil Archer, Director, Web Solutions, GS1 Global Office


Phil has worked extensively across different industries to promote better use of the technologies that underpin the World Wide Web. Key achievements include the development of standards and best practices for data sharing and the creation of content for mobile.

He leads projects and initiatives with an accessible and inclusive approach to technology, data and digital content. An early adopter of open source solutions, he has worked in member-driven, not-for profit organisations, often with a global reach.

Passionate about sharing knowledge and collaborating, he translates complex technical information into digestible messages to reach a wide and diverse demographic.

Prior to joining GS1, Phil was data strategy lead at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), managing and promoting the creation of consensus-based Web standards in areas such as open data and the Semantic Web. Developed core vocabularies and undertook research for the European Commission’s ISA Programme, and involved in early activities with the Research Data Alliance.





WHO should attend?

Colleagues working within the Healthcare sector, AIDC experts, those responsible for advising your MO’s members about UDI.


WHY is is important for MOs?

As stated in the GS1 Policy on Unique Device Identification:  “Every MO shall ensure that its staff is trained and available to train, inform and assist members in constructing their UDIs in accordance with the GS1 Standards related to UDIs. To that end, at all times at least two of MO’s staff members shall have recently followed the “UDI Certification program”, which shall include mandatory education and trainings by GO on the use of GS1 standards related to UDI.” 

Our offer

WHAT’s in our course description?

  • What is Unique Device Identification (UDI)
  • How  to use the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) in regulated UDI systems
  • The role of GS1 MOs in ensuring a harmonised implementation worldwide


Global Office is one of the organisations accredited by the regulators for UDI issuance.

Medical device manufacturers can source GTINs from GS1 MOs to identify their products for UDI and will receive support from the MOs to enable implementation of UDI requirements.

This leads to obligations for the MOs to ensure consistent implementation of GS1 standards worldwide and to identify mistakes in the use of GS1 standards (i.e. GTIN) and support correction by users.  This also leads to opportunites: Potential new members, strengthening relationships with existing members, and more.

At the end of this training there a test - Candidates will need to achieve 90% to pass and receive their certificates.


Tania Snioch



GS1 standards for hospitals


WHY is is important for MOs?

Colleagues working within the Healthcare sector


WHAT’s in our course description?

This training will help MOs colleagues understand the healthcare provider environment, identify specific issues to create ‘engagement beyond awareness’ and most importantly get the necessary skills to map your work with each of your hospitals / healthcare providers.

Our offer

WHAT’s in our course description?

The overall training can be matched to meet your specific needs. It will include the terminology of hospitals and the ecosystem of a hospital, allowing to better understand their logistical flows.

What are the challenges the hospitals face and help understand how GS1 standards can be included as enablers in current clinical and other hospital processes.

We will share examples of implementations using GS1 identifiers from various countries.

After this training you will understand the specific healthcare provider environment, the several entry-points for the introduction of GS1 standards in a hospital, and the need to address each Healthcare Provider on their specific issues so you  can “create engagement beyond awareness”.  This will help your MO to map the work with each of your hospitals. 

It will also include the hierarchies in hospitals, the different cultures and ‘languages’ and ways of communication. Hospitals face many priorities and the training will help to understand some of the priorities and how working with GS1 can become a priority. 


Tania Snioch


How to engage your healthcare market


WHY is is important for MOs?

Colleagues working within the Healthcare sector


WHAT’s in our course description?

Before engaging with the healthcare sector, GS1 Member Organisations (MOs) should take the needed time to research and better understand their healthcare industry and its stakeholders. By taking a strategic approach, MOs can expect to better focus their time and resources with greater opportunities for successful engagements.

Our offer

WHAT’s in our course description?

The training will cover topics such as:  

  • How to get started by researching your local healthcare market and its stakeholders
  • Strategies for identifying healthcare stakeholders’ business priorities, the challenges they face, and the problems they wish to solve.
  • Understanding your local healthcare market structure, and therefore, how decisions are made. 
  • Identifying current implementations of GS1 standards by leading healthcare stakeholders.
  • Identifying potential advocates.
  • Summarising your findings and aligning your strategy with your MO business objectives. 


Tania Snioch





Tania Snioch, Director Healthcare

As Director Healthcare, Tania supports the global healthcare user community with the aim to enhance the level of global GS1 standards adoption to help improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency.  She is responsible for overall GS1 Healthcare operations, special projects and GS1 Member Organisation (MO) support.

Prior to joining GS1 Global Office, Tania worked for GS1 Australia for approximately 15 years in various roles.  In the last 5 years at GS1 Australia, she and her team assisted the Australian Healthcare industry to implement the GS1 standards through a range of state, territory and federal government initiatives, as well as private sector activities.

Tania has an Honors degree in Biomedical Science from Monash University in Melbourne.

Verified by GS1


WHO should attend?

Industry Engagement, Data Services


WHY is is important for MOs?

Ensure that all GS1 MOs are clear on the next steps to be put in place for launching Verified by GS1

Our offer

WHAT’s in our course description?

We will aim at answering 2 questions during the session: What’s in it for the Industry? What’s in it for your GS1 MO (what to do next)?

What’s in it for the Industry?

Based on the experience we will have had so far on Verified by GS1 – which will have been launched in GS1 Brasil, GS1 India and GS1 Germany by then – we will be happy to share WHAT Verified by GS1 is, WHY it is worth engaging / which benefits it brings to the industry -brand owners and retailers- and of course also to the consumer, and HOW it has been experienced by industry partners who have been highly involved in the programme so far.

What’s in it for your MO?

We aim to ensure all GS1 MOs are clear on the next steps to be put in place for launching Verified by GS1 – including having an Activate Commercial Grade service in place to enable data IN, and engaging with industry and having the technical infrastructure to enable data OUT or the actual usage of the Verified by GS1 solution. With the support of GS1 India -who was among the very first to launch the solution- we will be happy to share the journey a GS1 MO needs to go through to get ready to launch Verified by GS1, covering all key aspects of preparation, including work on industry engagement, technical infrastructure, marketing, legal, customer service and more.


Chris Liu




Chris Liu, Director Industry Engagement, Verified  by GS1

Joined GS1 Global Office August 2016

Initially as an analyst for the Retail Industry Engagement team. Some may also know me to be the subject matter expert for the LEI programme. And since June 2019, I am responsible for the development and execution of Verified by GS1 MO Deployment plan to enable MO’s capabilities to successfully offer Verified by GS1 locally.


Deep Dive


Deep Dive Session

Objectives & Approach

  • Strategic areas having cross-country interest so as to:
    • leverage regional cooperation
    • work strategically together to advance
  • Analyse issues in workshop using simple SWOT and agree to at least one joint action for Asia-Pacific  
  • Involve people that should be there to contribute to the issue development from relevant MOs


*Participation: Optional for MOs to participate, contribution including preparatory work required


Monday 21 October at GS1 HK office
(Conference Room, 22/F, OTB Building, 160 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, HK)

12:15-12:30 Registration
12:30-12:40 Opening and introduction (Facilitator: Patrik Jonasson)
12:40-13:40 Digital Food Information & Food Safety (Facilitator: Nick Allison)
13:40-14:10 Digital Link Demo (Phil Archer)
14:10-14:20 Break
14:20-15:20 Retail Strategy & Marketplace Engagement (Facilitator: Marcel Sieira)
15:20-16:15 Cross – Border e-Commerce (Facilitator: Patrik Jonasson)
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-17:30 OPPEN-PEPPOL, EDI and e-Invoicing (Facilitator: Patrik Jonasson)
17:30-18:00 Closing and Development of Joint Action (Patrik Jonasson)
18:00-19:00 Improper Use of Barcode – with lawyer of GS1 Hong Kong

Digital Food Information and Food Safety


Nick Allison, General Manager, Government, GS1 New Zealand


The provision of accurate and timely data to consumers about food products has and continues to be a challenge for governments and industry.  There is an ever-increasing demand for food product data by consumers, increasing needs by governments to address obesity and other health issues relating to diets, and increasing needs by brands to provide information to consumers to differentiate in the market.


Today two billion smart phones can natively scan codes helping consumers to interact digitally with products. By digitally linking to web-based information about content it is possible to enable access to information for consumers and support regional harmonization efforts. This approach will ultimately create a new channel for product information sharing enabling all types of content to be provided to consumers, based on open, Global Standards.


Scope & Objective

There are more and more public-private consortiums which provide digital twin product data to both regulators and businesses. There are also institutions providing data to retailers. This deep dive session will explore how GS1 can cooperate with industry and Government to make available online product data in a harmonized way for the benefit of Asia-Pacific consumers and Government.

Focus will be on what current and future requirements for label information exist in Asia-Pacific, how we are working with partners and industry to address these issues, how GS1 standards such as Digital Link will support the demands and what initiatives are currently underway.


Contributing MOs

Australia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Phil Archer@Global Office

Retail Strategy / Marketplace Engagement


Marcel Sieira, Head Customer Engagement, GS1 Australia



The Retail has been GS1’s “bread and butter” since GS1 was created.  Over the last few years however, several disruptions in retail are reshaping the sector, supply chains and retailer investment strategies.  Some of these disruptions include.

  • Increase in Online retail and the empowered consumer
  • Growth of marketplaces and platforms (Amazon, Alibaba, eBay)
  • New market entrants (in Australia – Kaufland: Germany hypermarket chain offering a wide range of products across all price categories – from premium to budget, IRexchange: a disruptive technology and next-generation business removing the role and associated costs of conventional wholesalers or “middlemen”, etc)
  • Fragmentation of established retailer (in Australia – Metcash: leading wholesale distribution and marketing company)
  • Disruptive technologies (including Blockchain, IoT, Data Analytics, etc)
  • Increased regulation (in Australia – Country of Origin Labelling, Front of Pack Labelling, container deposit schemes, sugar declarations, etc)
  • Emergence of “Hyper Convenience” and fulfillment/last-mile opportunities; to name but only a few


To ensure we remain relevant and adding value to our members in the retail sector, GS1 needs to, on an ongoing basis, review our value propositions and market approaches considering these disruptions.

Over the past 8 months, GS1 Australia has been re-assessing and updating its go-to-market approach for Retail which has led to the establishment of 4 strategic pillars that will drive engagement in the retail sector:

  1. Building and sustaining digital capability;
  2. Excellence in B2C Fulfilment;
  3. Getting supply chain basics right; and
  4. Trust and Integrity


Scope & Objective

This deep dive session will focus on how GS1 engages in Retail, how we can create a structured approach for communicating our value proposition and strategies for market engagement using the newly develop Retail strategy as a basis for discussion.


Contributing MOs

Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India

Cross-Border e-Commerce


Patrik Jonasson, Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, GS1 GO



Cross-border e-commerce is one of the fastest growing segments of global trade. The Asia-Pacific region has the biggest volume of sales with cross-border B2C e-commerce reaching 144 billion USD in 2016, accounting for 35.9% of worldwide cross-border B2C e-commerce sales. The figures are estimated to be 476 billion USD and 47.9% in 2020. This growth is causing the rise in volume of small shipments and adding complexity to border agencies. As e-commerce grows, more parcels, new parties and more automated systems will be involved, which will trigger a strong need for regulation, standards and supporting processes.


Currently there is a lack of coherent regulations and approaches from governments on cross-border e-commerce. Regional efforts should be made among GS1 Asia-Pacific to assist APEC Governments to understand the potential benefits of integrating GS1 standards when developing automated cross-border e-commerce systems, with the aim of promoting better alignment among Governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region and ensure wide adoption of GS1 standards.


Scope & Objective

This deep dive session will explain the compelling case for GS1 standards to underpin fast clearance for business, duty collection and risk management for agencies, and safety for consumers.

We will cover the recent developments in the area of cross-border e-commerce focusing on what regulatory developments are triggering changes in EU and Asia-Pacific with focus on how GS1 is positioned and potentially leveraged in these developments.

We will work to understand relevant data privacy issues and frameworks, including developing frameworks such as the WTO e-commerce negotiations, and how GS1 standards and solutions can help underpin cross-border e-commerce in Asia-Pacific.


Contributing MOs

Australia, China (TBC), Hong Kong, New Zealand

OPPEN-PEPPOL, EDI and e-Invoicing


Patrik Jonasson, Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, GS1 GO



Governments are starting to require the use of e-invoicing systems for public procurement and related activities. Countrywide projects are launched by authorities with the aim of reducing tax evasion. Suppliers and buyers have to send either invoice data or at least reports in electronic format to the tax authorities for real-time validation & auditing. Supporting this, the Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line (PEPPOL) is a set of open standards and specifications which enables the exchange of standardised machine-readable documents between business partners. Some of the documents it can carry include: eInvoice, e-Advance Shipping Notes, e-Catalogues, Message Level Responses and eOrders. PEPPOL does in many cases include GLN for identification of economic operators. However, other identification systems such as local tax ID etc. can also be used, exclusively or as hybrid. The PEPPOL standard is maintained by OpenPEPPOL, a non-profit international association that GS1 Global has an MOU with.


In a number of early mover countries in Asia-Pacific, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand PEPPOL has been the system of choice with implementation during 2019. Further along, Brazil has achieved the highest market penetration (>90%) globally for electronic invoices in the B2B/B2G segments. Almost 1 billion electronic invoices are exchanged every month in the country.



The deep dive will explain PEPPOL and the related opportunities for GS1 Asia-Pacific. We will discuss and plan for regional cooperation on how to better monitor local developments, and identify if there are moves by governments to make e-invoicing mandatory for public procurement.

We will develop a framework for monitoring local developments and work to develop local opportunities to get involved in activities such as consultations and working groups to position GS1.


Contributing MOs

Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand


Visits & Social Events


Visits & Social Events

GS1 HK Open Office: Smart Business Innovation Centre Visit (21 Oct, Tuesday)

The Smart Business Innovation Centre (Innovation Centre) is a showroom of real-life IoT applications. With an aim to drive continuous development and improve competitiveness in different industries, the Innovation Centre serves as an Industry Support Platform that enables the development of IoT business and the delivery of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)/IoT-related services.

GS1 Hong Kong Office
Address: 22/F, OTB Building, 160 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Time: 15:00 – 16:30

“Smart Airport” Visit: Hong Kong International Airport (22 Oct, Tuesday)

GS1 IoT Centre

The Hong Kong International Airport was ranked among the top five of the world's Best 100 Airports by Skytrax. Air cargo throughput continues to be number one in the world, reaching over 5.1 million tonnes in 2018. Embracing innovation and technology is critical to improving the passenger experience and operational efficiency for the airport. GS1 Hong Kong is delighted to arrange an exclusive visit the Hong Kong International Airport, where numerous smart airport technologies will be demonstrated .

Hong Kong International Airport
Address:1 Sky Plaza Rd, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Time: 07:45 – 12:00

Welcome Cocktail Reception (22 Oct, Tuesday)


Our delegates can greet and meet other MO members in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere. Located at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the reception is adored with contemporary art pieces and a delightful view of Victoria Harbour, a perfect combo for a breezy evening.

Assaggio Trattoria Italiana
Address: 6/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road Wanchai, HK
Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Official Dinner (23 Oct, Wednesday)

Assaggio Venue images

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports with over 170 years of history in Hong Kong, attracting citizens & tourists alike every race day! The visits to the racecourse is both culturally and popularly iconic, filling your night with excitement and fun! The official dinner will be held at the private box where you can command a stunning panoramic view of the race course.

Happy Valley Racecourse
Location: 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island
Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Sightseeing Activity & Networking Dinner (24 Oct, Thursday)


Situated in the restored Central Police Station compound, Tai Kwun is the Centre for Heritage and Arts with more than 170 years of history, comprising three declared monuments—the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. Interactive tours, heritage storytelling spaces, diverse education programmes and thematic heritage exhibitions are featured, offering insights into the history of HK and the role of law and order in the society contributing to HK’s distinctive character as a major world city. There are also contemporary art exhibition and performing arts programmes all year round.

Tai Kwun
Location: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Time: 16:15 – 19:00

Networking Dinner
(Coming Soon)


Venue & Hotel


Meeting Venue & Recommended Hotel 

Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel


Hotel Guest Room – Garden View Room


Location Map


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Useful Info


Useful Information


All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for travel to Hong Kong. Visitors who need a visa or entry permit for visit (or purposes other than a visit) should obtain the appropriate visa or entry permit before travelling to the HKSAR.

No visa or entry permit is required for any purpose if you hold any of the following travel documents:

  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport,
  • British National (Overseas) Passport,
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Identity,
  • Hong Kong Re-entry permit (for entry from the Mainland of China and the Macao Special Administrative Region only), Hong Kong Seaman's Identity Book,
  • Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes provided that the document is valid or the holder's limit of stay in Hong Kong has not expired.
  • Travel documents bearing one of the following endorsements:
    • "Holder's eligibility for Hong Kong permanent identity card verified." "The holder of this travel document has the right to land in Hong Kong. (Section 2AAA, Immigration Ordinance, Cap. 115, Laws of Hong Kong)"
  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card.

For more information on HKSAR visa requirements for different counties/ territories, please visit the website of the Immigration Department of the Government of the HKSAR:

Source: Hong Kong Immigration Department

If you need GS1 Hong Kong to issue invitation letter for VISA application, please send the applicant name and details to

Transportation in Hong Kong

mtr bus taxi

The most popular transportations in Hong Kong are MTR (Mass Transit Railways) , Public Buses and Taxis.
Recommended transport from Hong Kong Airport to the Forum Venue (Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel) :

1. Airport Express / MTR



Estimated fare: HK$115 (one way). Estimated Transit time: ~50 mins  (included 15mins walk from Wan Chai MTR A1 Exit)

2. Taxi
Estimated fare: HK$340-450 (one way). Estimated Transit time: ~35-50 min(s) (depends on traffic situation)


In October, the average temperature ranges from 23 - 28°C degrees / 80-90° F degrees.

Languages & Time zone

Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. English is widely used in the Government and by the legal, professional and business sectors. Trilingual professionals who speak English, Cantonese and Putonghua play a vital role in the numerous enterprises trading in Hong Kong.

Time zone in Hong Kong is UTC/GMT +8 hours.


The legal tender in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. 


The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug. 

Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board


Discovering Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an international city and prosperous business hub, every moment is an opportunity to experience a different world.

Click here to discover more about this fascinating city.



To & From Hong Kong


Ways to travel to Hong Kong:

  • Direct flight, or

  • Alternate way: Fly to Macau Airport and then travel by ferry to Hong Kong
    (Please refer to this link for the below details)

    • Map (location of Cotai Ferry Terminal and Macau International Airport) and how to go to ferry terminal at Macau Airport

    • Transfer connection details by ferry from Macau International Airport

    • Cotai Jet booking link, ferry departure schedule and fares, ferry travel time

    • How to go to hotel at ferry terminal in HK


Arrive Hong Kong time:

As access control is implemented in Hong Kong International Airport, it is expected to have extra waiting time to travel to city. We also recommend you to arrive at Hong Kong in the morning or before noon in consideration of most protests or demonstrations in the past started in the afternoon. Since the Deep Dive session and the CEO session start at early afternoon, please make sure arrive HK early in the morning or one day before if possible. 

Traffic arrangements in Hong Kong:    

Do stay alert for special traffic arrangements such as temporary road closures or disruptions on public transport.  Please refer to the latest city traffic information from the following websites:

Depart from Hong Kong:

Per Airport Authority's advice, please arrive airport at least 3 hours before departure, for queuing up for more steps and stops of security checking.