Sofia and Ross arrived at London Heathrow to meet our first wave of excited clients flying out to Hong Kong for a six-night tour. Following was our dedicated Team Manager Ali with assistance from Melissa and Caroline (who had completed ground checks prior to client arrival)
Once all the clients had come through to the arrivals hall, we set off on our first transfers of the tour. Assisted by our PC Tours, who helped shorten the transfer with a guided tour of the city while travelling to different hotels located in Hong Kong. By the time we had checked all the clients into their hotels, the evening was fast approaching. After a quick refresh, the team decided to meet in Lan Kwai Fong (also known as LKF) for a spot of dinner – this was clearly the place to be during the evenings.
Wednesday was the day we managed to have a look around Hong Kong at some of the famous sights before meeting our four- night tour clients the next day. Ross, Sofia and Melissa went up to Victoria Peak on the tram – luckily it was a fairly clear day so of course, some great selfies were taken and quickly uploaded onto social media. Later that day, the team boarded the Star Ferry across to Kowloon to take in the light show, which happens every day at 8 pm – followed by a great Chinese meal.
The rest of our clients then arrived on Wednesday for the four-night tour. We all had our own transfers again where clients and settled quickly into their chosen hotels before the Sevens weekend really kicked off.
Thursday also saw the Gulliver’s Clubhouse take place at the stunning Renaissance Harbour Grand Hotel with current England Sevens players Charlie Hayter and Alex Davis and also Hong Kong Sevens ambassadors John Smit, Mills Muliana, Stephen Donald, Shane Horgan, Jim Hamilton, Andy Goode, Catherine Spencer, David Campese and David Lyons. I think it was safe to say, all attendees of the Clubhouse had a great time! During the clubhouse, our customers had chance to speak with the ambassadors Charlie and Alex on what was sure to be an exciting weekend of rugby ahead, this then followed by a Q&A with the Ambassadors following on from their rugby careers.
Day one of the Hong Kong Sevens began with the Women Qualifiers (which had started the day previously). The great thing about this stadium is that most of the seating is general admission, so you can pick a spot of your choice which then allows you to mix with the locals and supporters from all over the world. Friday also showed the final Women’s game of the tournament which saw China beat South Africa.
Each morning, all staff headed off to their different hotels for desk duty. It’s not uncommon to not see any of our clients during these times – mostly due to Hong Kong’s great nightlife!
Super Saturday kicked off with a great performance, not by any teams as they hadn’t started playing yet, but by the notorious South Stand which was already full by 7:50am! Who knew that dressed up highlighters, traffic cones and superheroes could provide such entertainment. Saturday night was then a repeat performance of the night before with Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong buzzing with people.
Sunday, the final day! Many supporters were up nice and early to claim their spot for the day, especially the Fijian supporters who had made their presence known in the North Stand. Unsurprisingly, Fiji easily made their way to the final followed by Kenya who put in a great performance throughout the tournament. Fiji did manage to get the win again Kenya 24-12 with a nail-biting final match.
Monday came around far to quickly and it was time to collect all tour clients from their respective hotels at 7 pm for their late evening flight.
As we landed back into LHR and headed home, my thoughts were already turning to the remainder of the Sevens season with the final event being the Sevens World Cup being held in San Francisco in late July. But first, a well-earned sleep after a fantastic week away in Hong Kong!
- Melissa C.