Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, Hong Kong – Julia Herries, and BSMQ Senior Project Officers – Marney Richardson and Cynthia Chen, were the key note speakers in a live webinar with Hong Kong based Migration firm Ascent Step Ltd International recently.
The live webinar was segment of a cutting edge virtual exhibition space – in which attendees could interact in a simulated online space with material and live and virtual presenters that promoted Queensland and BSMQ. This included videos, images, fact sheets, webinars, and a networking lounge for live Q and A’s.
Just as in a face-to-face exhibition, attendees entered through an Exhibit Hall, where they could watch a #Brisbaneby2025 video promoting new developments. They then could move into an virtual booth which featured a video produced by Trade and Investment Queensland, and browse fact sheets outlining the main criteria of each visa subclass BSMQ nominates for. The auditorium featured the full length live and pre-recorded webinars, and had two chat rooms either side of the theatre view projection where attendees could ask questions in a group or request a personal video meeting with a representative.
BSMQ exhibited alongside firms which allowed prospective business migrants to get a full picture of requirements and information needed to invest and migrate to Queensland – which included tax and company structure advice from Vickie Fan of Fan, Chan & Co. Ltd, and Josh Meggs of Pilot Partners, and Brisbane based Migration Agent Wilson Chan of Australia Asia Migration Consultants Pty. Ltd.
Ascent Step was the first company in Hong Kong to provide an integrated virtual event and due to this the virtual fair organisers Jeff Chan and Jack So were interviewed by Hong Kong Finance channel TVB.
The live webinar was well attended by over 80 participants invited via three main groups – The Federation of Australian Alumni Associations, Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association and manufacturing group Hong Kong Apparel Society Limited.
Business visa applications from Hong Kong increased three fold in FY19-20, a trend which is predicted to continue in FY20-21. The main business visa of interest in Hong Kong is the Business Investor Stream (subclass 188) visa which requires applicants to invest $1.5M into Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) Bonds over a period of four years.