Asian conferences go into full gear

CSFB''s recent conference shows the wisdom of linking talk fests with sport fests. Other banks are taking note

Banks hosting Asian conferences are likely to have a bumper year if the recent CSFB extravaganza in Hong Kong is anything to go by. Some 700 delegates turned up to hear presentations by 70 companies and 12 keynote speakers - and to get their complimentary tickets to the CSFB Hong Kong Silver Sevens tournament.

Sources at CSFB say only one third of the delegates actually claimed their complimentary Sevens' tickets. Indeed the arena that most of the delegates were interested in seeing was Alex Arena, telecom honcho at internet superstar Pacific Century CyberWorks. Over 250 people crammed into a 200-seater room to hear Arena and his boss Richard Li give...

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