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Hong Kong Houseware Fair 2003(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 12,2002)

Vol 12, 2002





 

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Hong Kong Houseware Fair 2003

Hong Kong Houseware Fair 2003

New Expanded Format Promises Greater Variety
Important Overview of Asian Houseware Sector


Show Times

Opening Hours
April 21 (Mon) 9am - 6:30pm
April 22-23 (Tue-Wed) 9:00am - 6:30pm
April 24 (Thur) 9am - 5pm

Buyer Registration Counter
April 20 (Sun) 2pm - 7pm
April 21 (Mon) 8:30am - 6pm
April 22-23 (Tue-Wed) 8:30am - 6pm
April 24 (Thur) 8:30am - 4:30pm

Visitor Enquiries: (852) 2240-4554

Time Saver

Register in advance on the Internet to avoid queues at the fair. Simply click onto the website http://hkhousewarefair.com and register on the Net.

HONG KONG HOUSEWARE FAIR
APRIL 21-24, 2003

Total Exhibitors
2002: 1,894

Total Visitors
2002: 26,758

Product Mix
All types of houseware including:
artificial flowers, bathroom accessories, cleaning and supplies, furniture, gardening accessories, handicrafts, hardware & DIY products, home decorations, household textile, kitchenware and gadgets, lighting, health and personal care items, small electrical appliances, tableware, general houseware items and trade services and publications.

Group Pavilions
Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand

Scale
43,500 square metres

Venue
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Organiser
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

SPONSORS
Federation of Hong Kong Industries
Trade and Industry Department, HKSAR Government
The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
The Chinese Manufacturers' Assn of
Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Exporters' Assn
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
The Indian Chamber of Commerce,
Hong Kong

Admission
HK$100 per person. For trade only. Persons under 18 will not be admitted.

Enquiries
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2240-4554
Fax: (852) 2824-0026
Email: exhibitions@tdc.org.hk

Houseware Fair To Expand Significantly in 2003

Now an important event in its own right after spinning off from the Gifts & Houseware Fair, the Hong Kong Houseware Fair continues to expand and attract more visitors and exhibitors

The annual Hong Kong Houseware Fair is proving that its standalone format grows bigger and better with each successive showing. Buoyed by an impressive turnout in 2002 - the event clocked more than 26,750 visitors - organisers are determined to up the ante with the third show to be held April 21-24, 2003, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"We are delighted to see the fair expand further after its successful spin-off from the former Hong Kong Gifts and Houseware Fair in 2001. The streamlined division has effectively catered to buyers' needs," says Hong Kong Trade Development Council senior exhibitions manager Anne Chick.

Already Asia's largest trade event showcasing creative and innovative houseware products, next year the fair will expand 15% with the launch of the "Lighting and Furniture World". This product zone is dedicated to the best and latest releases in lighting and home furnishing products and complements the existing categories.

To be located in Hall 7, more than 100 exhibitors from the Chinese mainland, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand will be displaying their wares in the new section, further adding to the fair's quality and diversity.

"The Lighting and Furniture World is being launched at the 2003 show to give buyers a tightly focused sourcing point for these important wares - and to give exhibitors an outstanding platform," explains Chick. "We now have limited space to offer to newcomers, with the aim of strengthening the profile of exhibits and the fair's internationality. We welcome new exhibitors of houseware items to experience the effectiveness of our show."

In 2002, more than half of the visitors came from overseas, including 45 % from Asia, making the fair an ideal place to meet buyers from Asia and open up new markets in the region.

In 2002, 1,894 suppliers from 37 countries and regions, displayed a staggering variety of products. Organisers expect more than 2,000 companies to participate in the 2003 show.

To date, exhibitors are confirmed from Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.

"We participate in this show every year as we find it is an excellent opportunity to reach out to both existing and new clients from our main markets in the US and Europe," says Anita Ng, company spokesperson for Triple Bright Industrial Ltd of Hong Kong.

There is something for everyone at this fair: product categories range from artificial flowers and bathroom accessories to hardware and DIY products, gardening accessories and handicrafts to kitchenware and gadgets.

"I find this show gives an important overview of all Asian markets. I was able to find silverware from India, ceramics from the Chinese mainland and wooden accessories from Thailand," says return visitor Elena Morozzi, of Italian-based firm La Rinascente.

One of the highlights of the houseware fair is the Hall of Elegance, an exclusive display area where 14 leading suppliers from around the world are invited to showcase their brand name and designer collections of premium quality houseware. In 2003, four new companies from Hong Kong will be part of this select group of exhibitors.

"The Hall of Elegance records an exceptionally good buyer response because only highest standards of design and workmanship qualify a company to exhibit there," points out Chick.

The Hong Kong Houseware Fair is an excellent platform for networking and market information exchange, she adds. Apart from social events where buyers and sellers can renew contacts in an informal setting, seminars and cooking demonstrations will provide an educational element to the 2003 fair.

"I come to this fair nearly every year and I think it is becoming more important, more international and more interesting," comments Ran Oren, import manager of Israel's Milbo Co Ltd.

Moreover, the timing of the fair ties in with the Canton Spring Fair and the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, enabling international buyers to visit all the trade shows and complete their inventory stocking in one trip.

New technology allows exhibitors and buyers to be brought together early. The fair website provides details of exhibitors' products and services, through a new "Business Matching" function. Simply answer the online questionnaire and buyers will be matched to appropriate exhibitors. Visitors can also use the website to schedule meetings with exhibitors ahead of the event. The services will be available two months before the fair.

In addition, participants who pre-register through the website before March 7, 2003 will receive free admission. Visit the fair website at http://hkhousewarefair.com for more details.

WRITTEN BY HELEN WONG

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