Paul leads All Told in Asia Pacific and Allison+Partners’ business in Hong Kong, with a mission to help brands tell compelling stories that drive business results. He has lived in the region since 1992, working in both agency and in-house capacities. Paul held regional leadership positions at Text100, Bite, and Upstream Asia serving brands in the technology, consumer, online, automotive and financial services sectors. Key clients included Citi, eBay, FedEx, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Fox International Channels, General Motors, HP, HTC, Microsoft, and Tencent, among others. Paul also worked in-house leading global marketing and communications for NASDAQ-listed Global Sources. Originally from the United Kingdom, Paul has a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester. He is tolerated by his wife and teenage twin daughters.
Hong Kong is one of the world's leading international financial centers, with one of the greatest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region. Our office is located where the gleaming towers of this cosmopolitan city meets the grittier and much more interesting streets of Wanchai, one of the busiest commercial areas. We work with both multinationals and fast-growing Asian brands alike, who seek to tell their stories on both global and regional scales. As the Asia Pacific hub for All Told, Allison+Partners’ integrated marketing division, our office specializes in delivering content-driven campaigns using paid, earned, shared and owned channels. As part of the agency’s larger global network, we also offer clients a broader array of services to meet their marketing and communications needs.
Begin the day with a stroll around the backstreets of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun where you’ll see (and smell) the commercial hum of everyday Hong Kong. Dried seafood vendors mix with bamboo steamer makers and funeral offering shops. Breakfast on a local favorite bo lok bao (pineapple bun) or drop into one of the increasing number of specialty coffee shops in the area.
Next, beat the tourist masses at the Peak Tram and take a Number 15 bus up Magazine Gap Road to the Peak. You’ll save time and money and get much better views of Hong Kong’s vertical landscape and harbor. Don’t forget to sit on the top deck.
Outside the bus stop, take a stroll (clockwise) around the Harlech & Lugard Road loop. You’ll catch glimpses of Hong Kong’s south side before returning to the million-dollar views of the Harbor, Kowloon and, on a clear day, the hills of the New Territories in the distance.
By now you’ll have earned a good lunch, and the quintessential Hong Kong lunch is Yum Cha, otherwise known as dim sum. Luk Yu Tea House in Central is a classic choice, complete with surly waiters from central casting, but almost any local restaurant will serve great dim sum, so it’s hard to go wrong.
If you’re up for some shopping, take the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, where you can buy everything you could possibly need or want, while also seeing another side of Hong Kong. Or, if you’re more interested in exercise and the weather is being kind, take a hike. Wherever you are on Hong Kong Island, you’re only minutes away from great walks in the hills. The Dragon’s Back, for example, is a stunning ridge-top path running south to the beachside village of Shek O, and it’s only 20 minutes in a taxi from the heart of the Central business district.
Return to the city to begin your evening with cocktails on the terrace at Sevva, a classy rooftop bar surrounded by classic buildings such as Sir Norman Foster’s HSBC headquarters and IM Pei’s Bank of China Building. Hong Kong has world-class restaurants that serve almost every cuisine. Consult your Michelin guide for a good selection or, for a fresh take on Cantonese cooking in a funky-but-convenient neighborhood, try the Chairman.
As your one day in Hong Kong draws to a close, drop in to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a nightcap. Skip the noise of the band in the Captain’s Bar and head instead to the small and welcoming Chinnery Bar, deep inside the hotel. Order a fine single malt, and message your travel agent to arrange to stay another day.