|For Immediate Release||25 August 2021|
Swire is delighted to present the "Believe in Hong Kong" exhibition, celebrating more than a century and a half of Swire businesses in Hong Kong. The exhibition is to be held at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, with free admission to the public from 27th August to 12th October 2021.
Six themed zones: "Early Entrepreneurship", "Refining Industry", "Maritime Evolution", "Transforming Communities", "Building an Aviation Hub" and "Realising Potential" tell the story of how Swire has grown and evolved with Hong Kong, since it first opened an office here in 1870. Curated over a two-year period, the exhibition combines historic artefacts and photographs alongside fun and engaging interactive experiences, to show how Swire's pioneering businesses have helped put Hong Kong on the map as a global commercial and aviation hub.
The final zone, "Realising Potential", outlines the work of Swire Trust in Hong Kong and the various projects funded by the HK$150-million, "TrustTomorrow" initiative, that has been established to celebrate Swire's anniversary. These programmes demonstrate Swire's commitment to connecting people with opportunities that will help them to build a more robust, nurturing, and sustainable community - echoing the theme of the exhibition, "Believe in Hong Kong".
Guy Bradley, Chairman of John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited, said: "This exhibition aims to take visitors along on Swire's 150-year journey in Hong Kong, from a trading and shipping business to a respected international conglomerate. Our history is inextricably linked with this city's growth and success and today, Swire businesses touch the lives of most Hong Kong people: as a developer and landlord, as an airline operator, manufacturer, and retailer - as well as an employer. We are committed long-term investors - not just in our businesses, but also in Hong Kong people. Our TrustTomorrow initiative is dedicated to finding ways to support and enrich the Hong Kong community, because it is to them that we owe our success. This exhibition reflects our confidence in the future of Hong Kong and our determination to see this city thrive for the long-term."
Public registration for the Swire "Believe in Hong Kong" Exhibition is available via the website. A virtual tour will be available from 3rd September onwards. For further details, please visit our website at exhibition.swire.com.
Swire "Believe in Hong Kong" Exhibition
|27th August to 12th October, 2021|
|Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm|
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00am - 7:00pm
|Hong Kong Maritime Museum - Special Exhibitions and Events Gallery|
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A glimpse of some of the exhibition's highlights:
|"Early Entrepreneurship ": the early history of Swire's business and establishment in Hong Kong.|
|"Refining Industry": Swire's early venture into sugar refining in Hong Kong led to its subsequent acquisition of the franchise to produce Coca-Cola - a logical development because of its access to sugar and water.|
|"Maritime Evolution": the evolution of marine services businesses into Taikoo Dockyard, and the importance of the dockyard business to the subsequent development of the Swire group's aviation and property interests.|
|"Transforming Communities": the initial transformation of Quarry Bay in the 1880s, when the Taikoo Company Town was first developed, and the subsequent creation of new residential and business communities by Swire Properties.|
|"Building an Aviation Hub": the commitment and contribution of Cathay Pacific to developing Hong Kong as an international aviation hub.|
|"Realising Potential": this zone is about the work of Swire Trust in supporting the local community and our commitment to the future of Hong Kong through the Swire Trust's TrustTomorrow initiative.|
A highly diversified, global corporation, the Swire group's businesses encompass property, aviation, beverages and food chain, as well as marine services and trading and industrial activities. Its core businesses are mainly focused on Asia, with its key operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. The Swire group's businesses in Asia are held by the listed company, Swire Pacific Limited. For further details, please see our website www.swire.com .