Hong Kong International Stationary Fair Sees 4-percent Increase in Visitors
Exhibitions in Hong Kong continue to draw significant numbers of attendees – the latest being the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Messe Frankfurt’s Hong Kong International Stationary Fair.
The exhibition, which ran Jan. 9-12 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, drew 15,000 visitors, up 4 percent, compared with last year.
Domestic visitors numbered 7,441, a rise of 10 percent, and more than 8,100 international visitors from 117 countries and regions came, mainly from Australia, the Chinese mainland, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.
The show also drew 210 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, including first-time exhibitors from Costa Rica, Italy, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, making it the most international edition to date, according to show organizers.
“The exhibitor and visitor turnout at this year’s event reflects consumer demand for quality, value-for-money stationery and office supply products which could be found at the show,” said Evan Sha, deputy general manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai).
The show was collocated with the HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show, allowing exhibitors who wanted to take advantage of selling to different buyers.
“The synergy between the shows is very good,” said Sang-Chul Oh, general manager of Dae Lim.
He added, “We are meeting a lot of new customers who want us to produce stickers for their own private labels.”
First-time exhibitors also were pleased with the show.
“We have achieved more business in two days at the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair than we have over three days at other exhibitions in the region,” said H.P. Bhasin from BHP Industries Co Ltd of Japan.
He added, “Among the serious buyers at our booth were importers and store owners from Asia and Europe who placed orders for our Sitra brand of scissors and stationery sets.”
In addition, attendees also gave the show positive reviews.
“There are many leading brands presenting quality stationery products so finding new suppliers to strengthen our service offerings to our customers has been easy,” said Phyon Hau of Lucky Consumer Products.
Next year’s Hong Kong International Stationary Fair will take place Jan. 7-10.