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Web Data Expands as Hong Kong Trade Development Council Shows PromotionProwess at Spring Internet World '97

LOS ANGELES, March 12, 1997 -- The Hong Kong Trade Development Council's business-building Internet Web Site, launched at Spring Internet World '96, has been significantly enhanced for the '97 fair at the Los Angeles Convention Centre from 12 to 14 March.

"HKTDC now offers direct electronic access to Asia's largest database of business contacts, thereby facilitating opportunities for conducting all types of business in and through Hong Kong," said the Council's deputy executive director Mrs Anna Lai.

"As the territory prepares for a smooth economic transition into its role as a Special Administrative Region of China, HKTDC is increasingly well equipped to assist overseas enterprises seeking a foothold in Asia," she said. "Our widely popular Web Site, which has already become the electronic marketplace for doing business with Hong Kong and China, is a big part of this effort."

In fact, HKTDC's Web Site (at http://www.tdc.org.hk) has an array of business friendly new offerings, all featuring prominently in the Council's display at Spring Internet World '97. These include:

  • TDC-Link Internet, with on-line access to information on more than 100,000 manufacturers and service providers in Hong Kong, 320,000 international importers and buyers, and 140,000 enterprises on the Chinese mainland;
  • Hong Kong Beyond 1997, a section outlining the strengths of the territory's economic system and explaining why Hong Kong remains an ideal Asian trade partner and gateway to China;
  • Practical tips on doing business with Hong Kong;
  • Information on international trade fairs organised by HKTDC in Hong Kong and access to details on 1,700 trade events in Hong Kong, China and throughout Asia;
  • Fourteen English product magazines and three trade directories published by HKTDC; and
  • On-line sourcing of products and services from Hong Kong through Hong Kong Enterprise Internet: On-Line Product Catalogue.

TDC-Link Internet was launched in January as a subset of the Council's main Web Site. Apart from being increasingly user-friendly, its interactive features make business communications faster and easier.

"There is no better place to get started in doing business with Hong Kong and Asia," Mrs Lai said.

Users can browse through six sections of trade information, classified according to business contacts, brand names, company profiles, business opportunities, company searches and textile quota information.

The Council's main Web Site provides economic news and intelligence on business opportunities in Hong Kong and China, on-line registration for visiting or exhibiting in international exhibitions in Hong Kong, product catalogues from Hong Kong companies, and more.

HKTDC, since its establishment in 1966 as a statutory body promoting Hong Kong trade, has become an important facilitator and supplier of contacts and market intelligence.

"Information compiled through 31 years of trade promotional work in Hong Kong and overseas, and via the activities of our 51 overseas offices, has always been HKTDC's strength," Mrs Lai said. "World-class technology allows us to distribute the information more effectively to benefit Hong Kong companies and their trade partners."

Spring Internet World, the world's largest Internet, Intranet and World Wide Web Exhibition and Conference, is in its fourth year. HKTDC is participating for the second time after launching its Web Site at last year's show in San Jose, California.

Visitors to SIW '97 will find the HKTDC exhibit at Booth 4672 in the Kentia Hall.

More information is available through the Council's Web Site or its overseas offices, including those in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Toronto and Vancouver.

Media Contact:

Mark Dailey, HKTDC

Tel: (852) 2584-4489

Fax: (852) 2824-0249

E-mail: mark.dailey@tdc.org.hk

On-Site Media Contact at Spring Internet World:

Clare Wong, HKTDC

Booth 4672

Tel: (213) 743-6437

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