65,000 Attend HKTDC’s Hong Kong-based Gift and Printing Fairs
The HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, billed as the largest fair of its kind in the world, and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair closed their four-day shows at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and AsiaWorld-Expo, respectively, with more than 65,000 total buyers.
The buyers came from 151 countries and regions, with overseas buyers up by six percent, compared with last year.
Buyers from Asia, including the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, India and Indonesia, recorded double-digit percentage growth.
Traditional markets such as Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea and New Zealand also recorded significant growth.
More than 4,500 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions took part in the two fairs, welcoming 164 buying missions as well.
Buyers represented global importers, distributors and retailers, including the Museum of Contemporary Art from the United States, Lexibook from France, H&M and JD.com from the mainland, Signes Grimalt from Spain, and Page One, agnès b and Godiva from Hong Kong.
The gift fair’s Small-Order Zone featured some 400 showcases offering more than 4,000 products available in small quantities.
The zone attracted more than 23,000 buyer visits during the four-day period, generating some 40,000 business enquiries.
During the gift fair, the HKTDC signed cooperation agreements with ASEAN member Indonesia, to strengthen bilateral trade promotion. The agreements cover areas ranging from gifts and premiums, to houseware, food, textiles and fashion, focusing on the promotion of Indonesian products through HKTDC fairs and online.
"The Indonesian retailing sector has been growing rapidly in recent years, offering ample business opportunities for Hong Kong's companies,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau.
He added, “The cooperation agreements that the HKTDC has signed with Indonesia’s Directorate General of National Export Development, Ministry of Trade, and the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs are set to expand bilateral trade promotion and exchange. At the same time, Indonesian enterprises will be able to use our trading platform to promote their products to the world.”