The 2018 MIT Asia Conference In Accounting

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Icon Kowloon, Hong Kong

17 Science Museum Road
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Reservations

Please visit the Hotel ICONs website to make reservations.

Daily room rate (Room type: ICON 36 City)

  • Night of July 20-21 HK$1,820+10%
  • Night of July 22-24 HK$1,680+10%
  • Night of July 25-26 HK$1,680+10%

For more information, please contact the Hotel ICON directly:
Hotel Telephone: (852) 3400 1000
Hotel Website: https://www.hotel-icon.com/

About Hotel Icon

Located in the bustle and energy of Tsim Sha Tsui, we are a luxuriously designed hotel with a uniquely intimate feel. You’ll find we’re passionate about local culture, and this is reflected in every aspect of our design, about the fabulous food served in all three of our award winning restaurants, and about you! We never forget it’s about the perfect and individual experience for each one of our guests, so our service style reflects that. You’ll find the ambience here familiar and comfortable, the perfect balance of high style and traditional hospitality, exciting yet informal, responsive and generous.

Throughout Hotel ICON you will encounter smiling and happy young people who you will recognize by their smart brown coloured uniforms. These staff members are studying in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. By giving them exposure to all areas of the hotel we are training them to be future hospitality leaders. This is our special mission and we are proud that their careers are launched with us.

Alternative Accommodations

As an alternative to the conference hotel, we have also negotiated special rates for conference participants at Regal Kowloon Hotel and the Harbour Plaza Metropolis, both within a 5-10 minute walk from the conference hotel:

Regal Kowloon Hotel
71 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Hong Kong

Superior Room at HK$880 (Single/Double Occupancy)
Superior Room at HK$980 (Single Occupants)
Superior Room at HK $1080 (Double Occupancy)
Executive Club Superior Room HK$1330 (Single Occupancy)
Executive Club Superior Room $HK480 (Double Occupancy)

Please book before June 21, 2018.
Download reservation form

Tel: +852 2722 1818
https://www.regalhotel.com

Harbour Plaza Metropolis
7 Metropolis Drive, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Superior Room on Standard Floor HK$950

Tel +852 3160 6888
www.harbour-plaza.com

Please book by June 21, 2018 via the hotel website.

General Information

Passport And Visa

You will need a valid passport before arriving to Hong Kong. For most countries, including the United States, a Visa is NOT required for short-term stays. For detailed information and to confirm your visa requirements, please contact your local Embassy or consulate.

For a list of Visa-Free Access or Visa on Arrival for HKSAR passport holders, please click here.

Should you require a visa, we recommend that you apply for a tourist visa. Please note this may take a few days or weeks. Plan on applying for a visa a month before your trip; if needed, there are services available to expedite the process and shorten the wait time.

Should you require a tourist invitation letter from Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), please follow this procedure:

Note: Since it will take two weeks to issue an official invitation letter for Visa application, we advise that you complete all forms before June 1, 2018.

Weather

In Kowloon, the month of July is characterized by high temperatures. The average low and high temperatures are 27 °C (81 °F) and 31 °C (88 °F). Summer months tend to be particularly humid and can experience a great deal of rain. Summer clothing as well as proper rain gear are advised for time of the visit.

Electricity

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.

Currency Exchange

The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). Exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels, and in large shopping centers. ATMs can be found almost everywhere. Many take international cards and some HSBC ‘Electronic Money’ machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$) facilities for Visa and MasterCard holders. The current exchange rate is about US$ 1 = HK$ 7.8. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change any remaining HKD back to foreign currency when leaving Hong Kong. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also welcome at many hotels, retail shops and restaurants. Such premises usually display stickers showing the credit cards they accept at their entrances.

Traveler’s checks are accepted by most leading banks and hotels.

Please note: On-site registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis and must be paid via credit card.

Reconfirmation of Air Ticket

International travelers should reconfirm airline tickets 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers can do so by calling the airline carrier offices. Please note that these offices are typically not open on weekends.

Insurance

To protect yourself and your personal belongings while you are traveling in a foreign country, it is your responsibility to obtain adequate travel and health insurance before leaving your own country.

About Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon is an urban area in Hong Kong comprising the Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon. With a population of 2 million, it is the most populous urban area in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is one of the world's most significant financial centers, with the highest Financial Development Index score and consistently ranks as the world's most competitive and freest economic entity.

PolyTechnic University (PolyU) is located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong, an area of Kowloon. The history of PolyU can be traced back to 1937, and it assumed full university status in 1994.

PolyU has an international faculty and student community and has developed a global network with more than 440 institutions in 47 countries and regions. PolyU offers 220 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programs for more than 32,000 students every year. It is the largest UGC-funded tertiary institution in terms of number of students.

Traveling to Hong Kong

Passport and Visa

You will need a valid passport before arriving to Hong Kong. For most countries, a Visa is NOT required for short-term stays. For detailed information and to confirm your visa requirements, please contact your local Embassy or consulate.

For a list of Visa-Free Access or Visa on Arrival for HKSAR passport holders, please click here.

Should you require a visa, please note this may take a few days or weeks. Plan on applying for a visa a month before your trip; if needed, there are services available to expedite the process and shorten the wait time.

Traveling Within the Location

By city bus and subway

The Airport Express takes passengers to Central station in just 24 minutes, making three total stops at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations. Trains depart at about 10-minute intervals from 05:54 to 23:28 and approximately 12-minute intervals from 23:28 to 00:48 daily. For detailed schedule of the Airport Express, please click here.

The cost from the airport to Kowloon Station is HK$105 per adult and HK Station HK$115 per adult.

Free shuttle bus service is available, taking passengers from Kowloon or Hong Kong stations to most major hotels and transport interchanges. Passengers can also enjoy free porter service at all Airport Express stations.

By taxi

Taxis offer a fast and flexible way to and from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Arriving passengers can pick up a taxi at the Taxi Station, which can be reached by the left-hand ramp outside the Arrivals Hall.

Taxis in Hong Kong are color-coded according to their operating areas. Separate rows are designated for different types of taxi:

  • Urban taxis (Red) serve all destinations throughout Hong Kong including the airport except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau.
  • New Territories (N.T.) taxis (Green) serve only the New Territories and specific roads in Lantau.
  • Lantau taxis (Blue) serve all destinations in Lantau and the airport.

Taxi service (up to 4 people) is generally HK$250-290 for Kowloon based destinations and HK$320-395 for most Hong Kong Island destinations.

Previous Conferences

Below are links to previous MIT Asia Conference in Accounting websites: