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Sizzling Start for the Summer Sourcing Show
Hot New Products Heat Up Summer Sourcing Season

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That's Mr James Tien Pei-chun, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (left) and Mr Jeffery Lam , Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee (centre) hoisting the FA Cup, won by Chelsea earlier this year. Mr Fred Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (second from right) waits his turn to touch the magic. Joining them are Mr Richard Milham (second from left), Head of Merchandise, Chelsea Football Club, and Mr Perhson Wong (right), Chairman of EZshopnet Ltd.
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Mr James Tien (second left), Mr Jeffery Lam (left), and Mr Fred Lam (right) check out a few of the hot designer pet products on offer at the Summer Sourcing Show.
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Bright colours and innovative ideas are everywhere to be seen at the Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware and Toys, which opened today and continues through July 6 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

July 3, 2007 - Asia's top mid-season event for sourcing products and launching new businesses opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fourth edition of the Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware and Toys, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), continues through July 6.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today, Mr Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee, said that the thousands of innovative products on display, including gifts, home furnishings, kitchenware, gadgets, sporting goods, toys and party items, are sure to heat up the new sourcing season.

First launched in 2004, the fair provides a fresh opportunity for promotion and sourcing between the traditional buying seasons of April and October.

The four-day show welcomes more than 820 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Vietnam, along with first-time exhibitors from Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

This year's show includes eight theme zones for ease of sourcing: Dining and Cooking, Fun and Play, Gift Ideas, Home Living, Ladies' World, Style and Décor, the newly created Costume Jewellery zone and Treasure Island, a premium section highlighting top-of-the-range brand names and products of superior design and craftsmanship.

The TDC has organised 80 buying missions to the fair, including more than 4,000 buyers from the Chinese mainland, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, South Africa and the US.

Visitors can keep abreast of the latest market and product trends through a series of seminars. Topics include toy industry trends, the toy "Technotainment" market, developments in the UK giftware industry, environmental management in the houseware industry and assessing buyers from traditional and emerging markets.

A new free business matching service helps buyers locate exhibitors with preferred merchandise. Buyers can also take part in a Wheel of Fortune game, offering winners a range of local delicacies, including pastries from the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, wonton noodles from Mak's, dessert from Sweet Dynasty and tan tan noodles from the Golden Bauhinia Restaurant.

The Hong Kong Licensing Show 2007, showcasing nearly 300 licensed brands and properties, opened the same day as the Summer Sourcing Show and continues through July 5. The show has attracted 120 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions. The Premier Asian Licensing Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in the development and promotion of licensed properties and trademarks, takes place during the fair period.

Hong Kong's toys exports totalled HK$30.6 billion in the first five months of 2007, an increase of 33.2 per cent over the same period last year. Houseware exports amounted to HK$76.6 billion for the first five months of the year, an increase of 15.2 per cent, while gift exports came in at HK$59.6 billion from January through May, up 1.5 per cent over the same period last year.

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Websites

Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware and Toys:
http://summersourcingshow.com

Hong Kong Licensing Show:
http://www.hklicensingshow.com

Media Enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact the TDC's Media and Public Affairs Department:

Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware and Toys
Beatrice Lam
Tel: (852) 2584 4049
Email: beatrice.hy.lam@tdc.org.hk

Hong Kong Licensing Show
Katherine Chan
Tel: (852) 2584 4537
Email: katherine.cm.chan@tdc.org.hk

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About the 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 12 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China 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

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