Organizers announced in late 2020 that they would move the event to the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur, saying they wanted to explore opportunities in Southeast Asia’s booming tech scene.
Now, “Hong Kong has once again won as the host city for the coming five years,” the event’s organizers said in a joint statement with the Hong Kong Tourism Board on Thursday.
The event next March will be staged in person. Hong Kong’s Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau described it as “evidence of Hong Kong’s success in containing the epidemic and keeping the infection rate among the lowest in the world, giving international event organizers confidence to stage their events safely here.” can.”
“I am very excited,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder and CEO of Rise, said in a statement that the event “has grown to the position it is today after five successful years in the city.” RISE is billed as Asia’s largest tech gathering, and attracted nearly 16,000 attendees and more than 350 speakers at its most recent conference in 2019.
The decision also offers Hong Kong a minor victory as it continues to face questions over its future as an international hub due to stringent COVID-19 quarantine rules, which are among the toughest on the planet.
— Hannah Ziadi, Diksha Madhok and Carly Walsh contributed to this report.