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Wine & Spirit Education Trust opens first international office in Hong Kong

British wine and spirit education provider, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), officially opened its first international office, WSET Asia Pacific, in Hong Kong today (November 10), for better coordination of its accredited courses in the region.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust opens first international office in Hong Kong

The Chief Executive of Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Mr Ian Harris (left), Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Dr Jimmy Chiang (second left) and guests celebrate the opening of its first international office in Hong Kong.

Located in Wanchai, the new Hong Kong office provides support to WSET’s local network of course providers, educators and corporate partners, as well as the growing WSET alumni community. It also plans to expand operations to include examination support in the future, according to its Chief Executive, Mr Ian Harris.

He said, “We have provided WSET qualifications through Approved Programme Providers in Hong Kong since the turn of the millennium, and the expansion into, and across Mainland China over the past 10 years has been phenomenal. The decision to open an administrative office in Hong Kong was taken last year, as it will enable us to better serve the community across Asia.”

He added, “There is a new wave of younger millennials in the Mainland, and across Asia, who are interested in wine and spirits, so we are stepping in to further enhance the service we provide to support our Providers in the region, as well as businesses who will benefit from wine and spirit education and qualifications. This is our first administration office outside of the UK, and with the international growth of WSET growing at such a fast rate, I am sure it will not be our last.”

Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Dr Jimmy Chiang, said, “We’re happy to see that WSET choose Hong Kong as its first overseas office outside of the UK. It is not only a vote of confidence in our wine education market, but also provides better services to the wine community in the region by leveraging the city’s strategic location. We wish WSET every success in Hong Kong and look forward to its expansion in the region.”

About the WSET

Founded in 1969 in the UK, WSET is one of the largest global providers of qualifications in the field of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are formally recognised by the UK Government and have a strong reputation worldwide. In the last academic year (2015/16) 72,171 people sat for a WSET qualification. It currently offers nine qualifications, from one-day beginner courses through to a specialist level diploma. For more information, please visit:

About InvestHK

Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government established in July 2000 to attract foreign direct investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong’s vibrant economy. For more information, please visit

Ends/Thursday, November 10, 2016 Hong Kong