28 April 2007
Asia's Largest Gift and Premium Fair Opens Today
Quality Products Attract Buyers from Around the World
|(From left to right) Picture shows Mr Fred Lam, TDC's Executive Director, Mr Rafael Hui, HKSAR's Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr. Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee and Mr Tom Tang, Chairman of the Hong Kong Exporters' Association officiating at the opening of the 22nd Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair.|
|Mr Rafael Hui, Chief Secretary for Administration, who is known to love horses, show his delight with a silver-coloured decorated horse at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair on Saturday, April 28. On Mr Hui's left is Mr Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee. On his right is Mr Fred Lam, TDC Executive Director.|
|The Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair features a broad array of products. One of the local brands VIP (Very Important Pets) has successfully drawn attention from buyers and officiating guests. From left to right, Mr Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee, Mr Willie Tan, Marketing Director of VIP, Mr. Rafael Hui, Chief Secretary for Administration and Mr. Fred Lam, TDC Executive Director.|
April 28, 2007 - A record-breaking 3,901 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions are taking part in the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, which opens today.
The largest of its kind in Asia and the second largest in the world, the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair showcases an extensive array of quality gift products. New exhibitors this year include those from emerging markets such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland and Peru.
Mr Rafael Hui, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR, officiated at the opening of the fair, which continues through May 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and the Hong Kong Exporters' Association.
More than 22,000 buyers have registered for the fair. In addition, the TDC has organised 88 buying missions from 55 countries and regions, including 3,100 companies and 6,000 buyers. Among them are a number of well-known international chain stores and leading distributors, including France's SEG Group & Carrefour; Germany's MGB Group; Japan's BALS, MUJI and SOGO; Sweden's H&M; the United Kingdom's Tesco and Woolworths; the United States' Walmart and Toys "R" Us.
Some international brand names also source promotional items at the fair. They are Coca Cola, Carlsberg Brewery, Christian Dior-Parfums and Moet Hennessy.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee, said Hong Kong is a major gift and premium sourcing centre. "In 2006, Hong Kong's gift and premium exports totalled more than US$20 billion," said Mr Lam. "I'd call that telling evidence of Hong Kong's ability to gauge market trends, to respond to buyers' needs with efficiency, speed and quality."
This year's fair has expanded to 78,000 square metres, featuring 4,200 booths and three special zones. The Hall of Fine Designs showcases 51 design-led companies and their elegant collections. Kid's World presents a broad range of children's gift items, from traditional to high-tech and educational. Decorative and functional items are on offer at the Ladies' Gifts and Premium section.
Other featured products include advertising gifts, pictures and photo frames, ceramic gifts, silverware, consumer electronics, stationery, corporate gifts, toys and sporting goods, fashion jewellery and accessories, travel goods, watches and clocks, general gift items, paper and packaging, and party and holiday decorations.
For the first time, exhibitors from Pakistan have put together a group pavilion. Other group pavilions include: Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK, and members of the Hong Kong Exporters' Association.
Adding spice to the fair is a series of handicraft demonstrations, including Japanese gift wrapping, stained-glass bookmark making, and découpage, the French art of decorating the surface of an object with cut-outs.
Also taking part in today's opening ceremony were Mr Fred Lam, the Executive Director of the TDC, and Mr Tom Tang, Chairman of the Hong Kong Exporters' Association.
Sponsors of the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair are the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, the Indian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, and the Trade and Industry Department of the HKSAR.
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