Beacon Events, one of the investment migration industry’s most prolific conference organizers, has decided to open its upcoming Global Migration and Wealth Management East Asia summit to the public – presumably foregoing revenue from sales of its $2,395 delegate passes – “in view of the situation in Hong Kong”.
In a message to IMI, Jean-François Harvey – Global Managing Partner of HLG, the event’s founding sponsor – hints that the ongoing turmoil in the city, and the corresponding surge in demand for investment migration, had motivated the decision.
“In view of the situation in Hong Kong and the market’s demand for immigration and further discussion with Beacon Events, it has been decided to partially open the Summit to the public,” wrote Harvey. “This in order for the public to have access to the maximum amount of information from the different participants at the Summit. As a member of the Hong Kong Community, we, at HLG, are of the opinion that this is the best way to serve the public interest and therefore, putting aside our own business interests.”
In recent weeks, international media have been abuzz with stories of Hong Kong’s soaring interest in alternative residence and citizenships following more than four consecutive months of public unrest.
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Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 14 years in the United States, China, and Spain.