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Hong Kong International Jewellery Show Sets New Exhibitor Record
Strong International Presence Highlights this Year's Show

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Officially opening the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show today are, left to right: Mr Charles Chan, Chairman of the TDC Jewellery Advisory Committee, Mr Vincent Fang, Chairman of the Panel on Commerce and Industry, HKSAR's Legislative Council and Mr Fred Lam, the TDC's Executive Director
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Mr Vincent Fang, Chairman of the Panel on Commerce and Industry, HKSAR's Legislative Council, and Mr Fred Lam, the TDC's Executive Director, like what they see at the show's jade jewellery zone
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Taking a hands-on role at the opening ceremony today for the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show are, left to right: Mr Vincent Fang, Chairman of the Panel on Commerce and Industry, HKSAR's Legislative Council, Mr Charles Chan, Chairman of the TDC Jewellery Advisory Committee and Mr Fred Lam, the TDC's Executive Director

March 6, 2007 - A new exhibitor record has been set by the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2007, which opened today and continues through March 10 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Extended to five days because of its popularity, the show this year has attracted more than 2,180 exhibitors from 41 countries and regions. Those attending include more than 2,700 VIPs from 71 buying missions organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), which also organised the jewellery show.

A major sourcing hub for jewellery in the Asia-Pacific region, the Hong Kong jewellery industry "is enjoying glittering growth," said Mr Charles Chan, Chairman of the TDC Jewellery Advisory Committee and President of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, speaking at the opening ceremony. "In 2006, Hong Kong's total exports of fine jewellery increased 13.7 per cent to US$3.7 billion," Mr Chan added.

Exports to Hong Kong's top three markets also grew, with the United States up seven per cent, the United Kingdom up 11 per cent and France up 32 per cent over the previous year. Promising results were achieved in developing markets as well, with exports to the Chinese mainland, India and Russia jumping 47 per cent, 83 per cent and 209 per cent respectively.

Joining Mr Chan at today's opening ceremony were The Hon Vincent Fang, Chairman of the Panel on Commerce and Industry of the Hong Kong Government's Legislative Council, and Mr Fred Lam, Executive Director of the TDC.

This year's show spotlights a vast range of jewellery and watches in six zones. Debuting this year, the Antique & Vintage Jewellery section was created in response to the demand for retro designs, while the new Jade Jewellery section showcases the classic luxury of jade.

Four popular themed zones have returned: Treasures of Nature, dedicated to top-quality loose diamonds, precious stones and pearls; Le Salon Extraordinaire, featuring luxurious jewellery and quality watches; the Watch & Clock Pavilion, offering more than 50 watch and clock brands; and Designer Jewellery Galleria, presenting the latest branded jewellery and designer collections from more than 40 companies worldwide. In addition, Les Salons Privés provides privacy and convenience for those wishing to conduct business.

Marking its 24th edition this year, the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show has fashioned a strong international line-up, with 21 group displays. These include pavilions from Belgium, the Chinese mainland, Dubai, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the US, as well as pavilions for first-time participants Germany, Malaysia and Spain. Special displays organised by the International Coloured Gemstone Association, the Japan Jewellery Association, the Japan Jewellery Designers Association, and the Platinum Guild International add to the show's international lustre.

Pearl auctions are being held by Paspaley and Robert Wan Tahiti, while Russia's largest diamond miner, Alrosa, hosts a rough diamond auction for invited buyers, a first for Hong Kong.

The winning pieces of the eighth Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition and the sixth International South Sea Pearl Jewellery Design Competition are also on display. And there's more designer glamour and glitter in the show parades, which feature models wearing the latest jewellery and timepieces.

A series of topical seminars have been arranged on issues ranging from jewellery trends and market opportunities to occupational safety in the jewellery industry.

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About TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) 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 TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with the Chinese mainland and Asia. The TDC 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.tdctrade.com

For more information
Please contact the TDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Teresa O
Tel: 2584 4554
Email: teresa.cy.o@tdc.org.hk

Helen Chung
Tel: 2584 4569
Email: helen.ss.chung@tdc.org.hk

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