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HKTDC Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware & Toys Opens
Two new product zones featuring Home Tech and Advertising Premiums

The HKTDC Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware & Toys and Hong Kong International Licensing Show opened today. Helping to open the two fairs are (from left to right) Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of Fair Organising Committee; Yvonne Choi Ying-pik, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism); Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC; and Freeman Lau Siu Hong, Chairman of the HKTDC Design, Marketing and Licensing Services Advisory Committee
 
Jeffrey Lam, Yvonne Choi and Fred Lam hold the lucky dolls at Treasure Island, a premium section featuring top-of-the-range brand names and products of excellent design and craftsmanship
 
The Hong Kong Exporters' Association Pavilion features nine exhibitors this year. At the pavilion, Jeffrey Lam, Fred Lam and Yvonne Choi admire the toy cars in the showcase
 
HKTDC product magazines and hktdc.com are two important sourcing platforms for international buyers. The new enhanced hktdc.com, which was launched on 30 June, connects more than 100,000 quality suppliers to more than 660,000 global buyers

2 July 2008 - The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware & Toys opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), with Yvonne Choi Ying-pik, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism) as the Guest of Open Ceremony.

The show offers buyers a last sourcing opportunity for the year-end festive season and is also the best place to source products from Asian suppliers. Among the nine specialised zones, the four-day show introduces two new product zones this year to meet the growing demand of home appliances and promotional gifts: Home Tech and Advertising Premiums, said Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the show's Fair Organising Committee.

"The Advertising Premium zone caters to buyers of promotional gifts and items, along with novelties and posters, while Home Tech offers healthcare electronics, home security devices, home automation, intelligent home appliances and small electrical appliances," said Mr Lam.

The event also includes traditional popular zones, such as Gift Ideas, Dining and Cooking, Home Living, Style and Décor, Fun and Play, Costume Jewellery and Ladies' World. In addition to the product zones, there's also Treasure Island, a premium section featuring top-of-the-range brand names and products of excellent design and craftsmanship.

This year the show attracted more than 600 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions from all over the world, including several from Asia. They include Hong Kong, Australia, Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Japan, Peru, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. Peru and the UK are making their debuts this year. The number of exhibitors from Taiwan increased by 24 per cent from last year.

To bring global business opportunities to the show, the HKTDC organised 80 buying missions of more than 3,000 buyers from all over the world. These included prominent buying offices such as Grand Stores LLC and Memar International Company (LLC) from the United Arab Emirates; Expedition from Russia; Sanrio Far East Co Ltd, Bandai Co Ltd from Japan; and MorganWare and House from Australia.

A series of product launches and seminars will be held during the show to give industry players market updates and topics include the latest product trends, safety directives and credit rating management of enterprises.

For the first four months, Hong Kong's total exports of toys, dolls and games was HK$28.9 billion, a rise of 20.3 per cent from the same period last year. The total export of gifts, premiums and novelty items reached HK$50 billion, up 7.6 per cent. Houseware exports (excluding large items such as fridges, microwaves and similar-sized products) was HK$3.6 billion.

As well, the seventh HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show also opened today. It has attracted more than 130 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions. The HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show will be held at Hall 2B of the HKCEC from 2-4 July 2008.

Fair Website: www.hktdc.com/summersourcingshow

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Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.hktdc.com


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