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Asia's largest and most attractive gift fair is here again

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(From left to right): Chairman of the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, Mr Cliff Sun, Chairman of Fair Organising Committee of Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair 2005, Mr Jeffrey Lam, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works of HKSARG, Dr Sarah Liao and Executive Director of TDC, Mr Fred Lam officiated at the Opening Ceremony. The fair enters its 20th anniversary this year.
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VIPs checked out the latest corporate gifts offered by one of the exhibitors.
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Dr Sarah Liao is very interested in the little kitten which moves its head along with the music.

Asia's largest gift fair opens in Hong Kong today, revealing a treasure trove of head-turning, clever and visionary gift items too difficult to ignore.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and in cooperation with the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, the four-day show, kicked off this morning at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Wanchai. The fair runs from today (April 28) until May 1.

The calendar event was officially opened by the Hong Kong Government's Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao.

April is the month for sourcing gift items. Hence, it comes as little surprise that more than 3,500 exhibitors from practically every corner of the globe have flown here to take part in this not-to-be-missed show.

The strong turnout reflects not just the products on display, but highlights Hong Kong as a premier trade exhibition hub.

Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee Jeffrey Lam pointed out that Hong Kong exported US$21 billion worth of gift and premium products last year, 6 per cent more than in 2003.

Shipments to the EU and ASEAN countries rose by 8 and 6 per cent respectively, he said, demonstrating that Hong Kong companies were doing it right: producing excellent designs, affordable quality products and responding ever so swiftly to marketplace demands.

This year's exhibitors hail from 34 countries and regions, including Hong Kong. Fourteen countries and regions have set up group pavilions. They include Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, the UK and the Hong Kong Exporters' Association.

Following are some of the fair's crowd-pullers:

  • "Hall of Fine Designs" - 47 companies from Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland have set up "mini-boutiques" in this hall displaying creative eye-catching designs and top quality products.
  • An expanded Silverware Section - where about 40 exhibitors from Hong Kong and Spain are showcasing a vast range of silver products including photo frames and albums, candle holders, key-chains, jewellery boxes, card holders, stationery, tableware, figurines and miniatures, bookmarks, table-top accessories, cocktail sets and a variety of ornaments and gift items.
  • Seminars addressing hot issues confronting the industry. The titles of the talks include: "Successful Receivables Management for SMEs" hosted by Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation; "Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Business World" hosted by SGS Hong Kong Limited; and "How to Get Assistance from Hong Kong Customs to Combat Counterfeiting" hosted by the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau of the Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department.

Some 80 buying groups, comprising 4,700 buyers from 39 countries and regions will be at the fair scouting for goods to bring home to their respective countries.

Major buyers among them include the leading German retailer, Weltbild Verlag GmbH, large retail chains such as Pal, BALS, Hankyu and Don Quijote from Japan, as well as Hobby Lobby Stores and the Home Shopping Channel from North America.

Their trip to Hong Kong was organised by the Trade Development Council.

Official website of the Fair: http://www.hkgiftspremiumfair.com

Profile of Hong Kong's gifts and premium industry: http://www.tdctrade.com/main/industries/t2_2_16.htm

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