Travel advice from the Local Organizers (6th Oct 2019)
Since the beginning of September, flights from Hong Kong airport have been subject to very little disruption with over 80% of flights on time and delays comparable to most major airports around the world.
The immediate area around the RTSS conference venue (Hotel ICON) has been unaffected by the demonstrations. We recommend that RTSS participants stay at the conference hotel or nearby. A list of hotels in the local area is given below.
- Hotel ICON (conference hotel)
- Regal Kowloon Hotel
- The Royal Garden Hotel
- InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
- New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel
- Kowloon Shangri-La
We recommend traveling between the airport and hotel by taxi. This is in any case the best way to travel between the airport and the area where the conference is located.
In most cases, demonstrations have happened between late afternoon and midnight on the weekend or public holidays (there are no public holidays the week of RTSS 2019). Travel to and from the airport could be difficult at these times.
RTSS 2019 will be held in Hong Kong, which is a vibrant city, and a major gateway to China. Hong Kong is renowned for its free trade and variety of culture, as well as its fascinating tourist spots and shopping. Hong Kong lies at the south-eastern tip of China and has perfect weather in early December. Chinese and English are the official languages. The time zone is UTC+8.
Traveling to Hong Kong
There are direct flights from 141 cities to the Hong Kong International Airport (Airport Code: HKG). Information about ground transportation to/from the airport can be found at https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/transport/to-from-airport/.
The conference venue, Hotel ICON (https://www.hotel-icon.com), is award-winning, luxury and sustainable. The hotel is fully owned by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an extension of the School of Hotel & Tourism Management of the university. At Hotel ICON, you will find yourself surrounded by art pieces that reflect Hong Kong’s cultural spirit and showcase the creative visions of local talents.
Traveling to the Hotel
The conference venue Hotel ICON is located at 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong. There are three ways to travel from the airport to Hotel ICON:
- By Taxi (recommended):
- Time: 35 minutes
- Fee: 230 HKD (30USD)
- By Metro:
- Time: 60 minutes (50 minutes from airport to Hung Hom Station and 10 minutes from Hung Hom Station to hotel ICON)
- Fee: 65 HKD (8.5USD)
- Airport à Tsing Yi Station (via Airport Express)
- Tsing Yi Station à Nam Cheong Station (via MTR Tung Chung Line)
- Nam Cheong Station à Hung Hom Station (via MTR West Rail Line)
- Hung Hom Station à Hotel ICON (walking)
- By Bus:
- Time: 90 minutes (75 minutes from airport to A21 Bus Stop , 15 minutes from A21 Bus Stop to hotel ICON)
- Fee: 33 HKD (4.5USD)
- Airport Bus Stop à A21 Bus Stop (via Bus A21)
- A21 Bus Stop à hotel ICON (walking) Note that the A21 Bus Stop is connected to the D exit of Hung Hom Station.
Inside the Hotel
The Hot Topics Day and Conference will both be held in Silverbox Ballroom on Level 1/F. Coffee breaks will be held at the Skybridge, which is at the entrance to floor 1/F (reachable by both stairs and lifts). Lunch will be at the Market on Level 2.
The conference reception and banquet will be held in the Silverbox Ballroom.
RTSS 2019 participants can benefit from a special discounted rate for rooms in the conference hotel. The special discount is applied to the rates available on the day that you book and is subject to the normal availability of rooms at the hotel. The special rate is inclusive of 1 daily breakfast. All prices are subject to 10% service charge per room per night. To make your booking directly with the hotel click here. We recommend that you book early.
Other Useful Information
The currency in Hong Kong is HKD (1 USD = 7.85 HKD).
The weather in early December is in the range 15~25 °C (59-77°F), and is typically dry with very little if any rain.