Protest disruption as BlackRock postpones major Hong Kong event

Asset manager BlackRock has postponed a major conference that was supposed to take place in Hong Kong next month following weeks of disruption from ongoing political protests.

The company’s Asia Pacific Forum, a two-day event at the Four Seasons Hotel, will now be held in February.

The company said in a statement that it is “adjusting the schedule so that as many partners as possible from across Asia are able to join.”

“The power of this event lies in the diverse range of perspectives brought together for discussion and debate,” BlackRock said.

Mass protests have caused chaos for Hong Kong’s visitor economy with its international airport shut down for two days last week stranding thousands of passengers.

The protests show no signs of slowing with around 1.7 million people marching on Sunday in a show of force against Beijing’s increasing influence on the city.