HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair Sees 8.5-percent Increase in Visitors

April 22, 2012

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Hong Kong Houseware Fair attracted more than 2,000 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors, an 8.5-percent increase compared with last year, when it recently was held at the Hong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Exhibitors were from 32 countries and regions, including first-time participation from Sri Lanka.

Fifteen group pavilions also took part, with the new ASEAN Select Pavilion featuring 85 exhibitors from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Other group pavilions represented were Bangladesh, Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taiwan and Turkey.

“Though America and Europe are still mired in economic uncertainties, the creeping recovery of the global economy in the first quarter of this year has manufacturers and buyers around the world paying attention to the Asian markets and a lot of overseas enterprises are seizing opportunities to open up new markets," said Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director of HKTDC.

He added, "The Asia’s largest Hong Kong Houseware Fair and the Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair together have drawn the participation of over 2,200 exhibitors this year. Naturally buyers from all over the world do not want to miss this purchasing opportunity and arrive in droves.”

The Houseware Fair’s new Small-Order Zone, launched at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair earlier this month, attracted some 20,000 buyers at the fair.

Other special product zones included the World of Pet Supplies, specialising in pet products and veterinary services, and the Hall of Elegance, showcasing designer collections and brand names, including Mastrad, Metier Atelier, OOObject, Topchoice and Umbra.

The third edition of the concurrent HKTDC Hong Kong Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair also welcomed more than 220 exhibitors from eight countries and regions.

Exhibitors from Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, the mainland, Hong Kong, India and Taiwan, joined by newcomer Pakistan, presenting a wide range of textile and home-furnishing products and services.

Group pavilions at the fair represented the mainland and India with two pavilions: the Handloom Export Promotion Council pavilion and the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts pavilion.

Joint seminars on eco-friendly home products and textiles, e-tailing strategies, product-launch sessions and networking events highlighted the latest market trends in the houseware and home-textile furnishing industries. 

Overall, household experts are up. In 2011, Hong Kong exported HK$216 billion (US$27.7 billion) in household goods, up 12 percent, compared with 2010. Its top export markets were the mainland, the United States, Japan, India and Germany.

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