Potential business migrants in Hong Kong enjoyed a video, webinar, online booth and interactive chat promoting the benefits of a move to Queensland when TIQ participated in a cutting-edge virtual exhibition recently.

Organised by migration agent Ascent Step, the virtual exhibition was the first of its kind for Hong Kong, attracting plenty of interest from potential migrants plus attention from local media.

Attendees entered through a virtual exhibit hall, where they could watch a #Brisbaneby2025 video, then moved on to a virtual booth featuring a TIQ video and fact sheets with visa information.

The exhibit hall also featured live and pre-recorded webinars, and 2 chat rooms where attendees could ask questions in a group or request a personal video meeting with a representative.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Hong Kong Julia Herries said the exhibition aimed to give potential migrants a virtual experience with all the features of a face-to-face encounter while respecting COVID-19 health guidelines.

‘Congratulations to Ascent Step for creating such a great platform to communicate with potential business migrants on what Queensland can offer them in terms of lifestyle and business opportunities,’ she said.

‘I was very pleased to participate as a keynote webinar speaker along with my Brisbane-based colleagues Marney Richardson and Cynthia Chen from Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ).

‘We had more than 80 participants attend the webinar and I’m optimistic we’ll see genuine migration enquiries from good candidates as a result.’

Participants in the TIQ webinar were invited through 3 main local groups – the Federation of Australian Alumni Associations, Hong Kong Electronic Industries’ Association and manufacturing group Hong Kong Apparel Society Limited.

Attendees at the exhibition also heard from a range of organisations about what is required to move to or invest in Queensland, with tax and business information presented by firms such as Hong Kong accounting consultancy Fan, Chan & Co, Brisbane accountants Pilot Partners, and Brisbane migration agent Australia Asia Migration Consultants.

Local media also thought the exhibition was noteworthy, with Ascent Step exhibition organisers Jeff Chan and Jack So interviewed by Hong Kong finance television channel TVB.

Business visa applications from Hong Kong residents interested in moving to Queensland increased threefold in the 2019–20 financial year, a trend that is predicted to continue in the coming 12 months. The main business visa of interest is the Business Investor Stream (subclass 188) visa, which requires applicants to invest $1.5 million in Queensland Treasury Corporation bonds over 4 years.

The exhibition was held on 10 June and featured life-like theatre simulations as well as a range of other state-of-the-art virtual interfaces.

More information about business migration to Queensland is available on the BSMQ website.

Attracting investment to Queensland is one of the goals of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.