Although a year might seem like a long time, there is plenty of preparation for SeaWeb's Seafood Choices team to keep busy on until September 6, 2012 --opening day of our 10th International Seafood Summit and first Summit to be held in Asia. Philip Chou, SeaWeb Senior Manager, is in Hong Kong laying some of the groundwork. If you are unfamiliar with our Seafood Summit, please visit seafoodsummit.org to see the great things that happened at our last 2011 Summit in Vancouver.
Today Philip met with staff of the Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel to do a site inspection of the facilities, rooms, and meeting space. Past Summit attendees will not be disappointed. The Shangri-la has beautiful spaces, delightful staff, well thought out meeting spaces, and a great harbor view! Just look at the pictures attached from Philip's hotel room. Philip followed up the site inspection with a meeting to Shangri-la corporate headquarters and met with the Director of CSR & Sustainability, Director of Culinary Operations, and Group Director of Purchasing. Shangri-la Corporate is really looking forward to working with SeaWeb to make this one of the best ever Summits and is hotel leader in Hong Kong that has taken bluefin tuna and shark fin off their menus.
Philip also attended the Asian Seafood Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center to meet many foreign seafood businesses looking to break into the Asian market. Keep in mind that the Asian Seafood Expo will also be held next year in 2012, right after the Seafood Summit, so for those of you looking to get the most out of the opportunities the Seafood Summit and this trade show afford, get your calendars out and start marking the dates for what promises to be a great trip! Of course we must mention that the Seafood Summit will also be organizing workshops and field trips pre and post Summit like we have done in past years. We'll keep you updated on those as we already have plans in place to scope out a potentially great Summit field trip to visit some of the major aquaculture production and processing areas in mainland China, just over the border from Hong Kong.