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Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair Opens as World's Largest
Fair Showcases Offerings of more than 3,900 Exhibitors from 40 Countries

Officiating at the opening today of the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair are (left to right): HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam; Financial Secretary John Tsang; Fair Organising Committee Chairman Jeffrey Lam; and Hong Kong Exporters’ Association Chairman Tom Tang

At today's opening ceremony for the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam presents a souvenir to guest of honour Financial Secretary John Tsang
A silver wine opener captures the imagination of Financial Secretary John Tsang (second from left) and HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam. Looking on with interest is Fair Organising Committee Chairman Jeffrey Lam
Financial Secretary John Tsang likes what he sees in this finely crafted chess set

28 April 2008 - Opening today with a record 3,909 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair has become the largest show of its kind in the world. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair continues through 1 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Speaking at today's opening ceremony, Financial Secretary John Tsang said the government will do more to promote Hong Kong as an international convention, exhibition and tourism capital. He said: "The fair is a great example of what can be achieved when you have exhibitors with the best and newest products and buyers who are serious about doing the right deal," said Mr Tsang.

"Hong Kong is a major sourcing centre for the global giftware industry," added Fair Organising Committee Chairman Jeffrey Lam, also speaking at the opening ceremony. "An astonishing array of gift items can be sourced here, from the most basic to the most sophisticated."

This year's fair has expanded to more than 78,000 square metres, featuring more than 4,200 booths. First-time exhibitors come from Brunei, Finland, Greece, Nepal and Poland.

The fair features a wide range of products, including fashion jewellery and accessories, watches and clocks, consumer electronics, silverware, ceramic gifts, paper and packaging, travel goods, gifts for women and children, corporate and advertising gifts and Christmas decorations.

The HKTDC has also organised 95 buying missions from 65 countries and regions, arranging for the visits of 6,700 key buyers. Among them are major importers and leading chain stores and department stores, including: the United States' Hallmark, Walt Disney and Z Gallerie; Canada's Zellers and Birks & Mayors; France's Galeries Lafayette; the SEB Group, Europe's second-largest retailer; Germany's Karstadt Warenhaus; and Japan's Bals Corp and Kohnan Shoji.

Special zones have been set up for ease of sourcing. 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. Decorative and functional items are on offer in the Ladies' Gifts and Premium Section, while silver fragrance ware, jewellery and jewellery boxes, as well as desk sets and accessories can be found in the Silverware Zone.

Group pavilions come from Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. Members of the Hong Kong Exporters' Association have also put together a group pavilion.

The Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair is co-organised by the Hong Kong Exporters' Association. Sponsors include 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.

Last year, Hong Kong's gifts and premium exports increased two per cent, to US$21.3 billion (HK$166.4 billion). Major markets include the US, Japan, the UK, the Chinese mainland and Germany.

Also officiating at today's ceremony were HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam and Hong Kong Exporters' Association Chairman Tom Tang.

Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair - www.hktdc.com/hkgiftspremiumfair

LED light flickers like real candle flame
Booth No: 1E04
  Stylish rack for wine bottles
Booth No: 1A07
Coloured LED string lights make night magic
Booth No: 1C04
  Silicon mat with classic pattern
Booth No: 1F05D

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About the HKTDC
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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