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HKTDC fairs strengthening HK-India bilateral trade

Sep 03, 2018
HKTDC fairs strengthening HK-India bilateral trade

The bilateral trade relations among Hong Kong and India have long been robust. Adding to the Hong Kong’s business advantages, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) organises more than 30 exhibitions each year to bring together buyers and suppliers from both economies to develop their business.

Rajesh Bhagat, HKTDC Mumbai Consultant, announced that nine international fairs, which cover watches and clocks, fashion, electronic products, lighting products, green products, spectacles as well as wine and spirits, will be held in Hong Kong from September to November. These fairs will serve as idea platforms for traders and suppliers from India to expand their businesses into new markets. The fairs are as below:
  • HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair (4-8 September 2018)
  • CENTRESTAGE (5-8 September 2018)
  • HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) (13-16 October 2018)
  • electronicAsia (13-16 October 2018)
  • Eco Expo Asia – International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection (25-28 October 2018)
  • HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 October 2018)
  • HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) (27-30 October 2018)
  • HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair (7-9 November 2018)
  • HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (8-10 November 2018)

“The HKTDC’s some 30 fairs attracted about 39,000 exhibitors and over 750,000 visitors from all over the world. Of which, there were more than 14,000 exhibitors and buyers from India, showing Indian companies are keen to seek business opportunities through HKTDC exhibitions platform,” Bhagat said. 

“Our world-class trade fairs are supported by a combination of international quality exhibitors and buyers. Synergising with our mobile-friendly sourcing services, including the award-winning “” Online Marketplace, Exhibition Online platforms, the HKTDC Marketplace App, and more than 20 print and online product magazines (and industry supplements), our exhibitions are the perfect starting point for year-round business connections between buyers and suppliers, facilitated by our integrated online-offline marketplace,” he added. 

He looked forward to welcoming more Indian corporations to explore business opportunities and tap into global markets through HKTDC exhibitions. He also highly encouraged all Indian buyers, distributors and retailers come to Hong Kong to experience the benefit of sourcing through HKTDC’s trade fairs.

India is Hong Kong seventh largest trading partner. In the first half of 2018, the total trade value between Hong Kong and India amounted to $14.4 billion. In particular, Hong Kong’s total export to India amounted to $8.3 billion and total import value from India reached $6.1 billion.

Each year, the HKTDC organises more than 30 exhibitions in Hong Kong. Eleven of them are the largest marketplaces of their kind in Asia, and among them five are the largest in the world, namely HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show cum HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show; HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair; HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair; HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) cum electronicAsia; HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) cum Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo.

The third international fashion trade show CENTRESTAGE will take place from 5-8 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Last year, the show became the talk of the town attracting exceptional fashion brands, designers, buyers, media and fashionistas.

The fair will showcase over 220 local and overseas brands: Local Brands include: 112 mountainyam, Angus Tsui, ANVEGLOSA, DEMO., DORISKATH, HARRISON WONG, House of V, LOOM LOOP, Maison Vermillion and YLYstudio; Overseas brands include D-ANTIDOTE (Korea), Label 31 (Thailand), TAiLE (Vietnam), Beequeen by Chicca Lualdi (Italy), Edward Achour (France) and more.

About 20 fashion shows will be held during CENTRESTAGE. On the first evening, the large-scale opening gala fashion show, CENTRESTAGE ELITES, will put three top Asian brands and their newest collections under the spotlight, including award-winning Japanese avant-garde streetwear label FACETASM by Hiromichi Ochiai; Hong Kong-born brand IDISM by the design duo Julio Ng and Cyrus Wong, as well as Chinese luxury womenswear label Ms MIN by Min Liu.

The renowned Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2018 will be held on 8 September as the finale of CENTRESTAGE. The international fashion designer, Martine Rose, is the VIP judge to share her insights and ideas with the finalists.

Apart from fashion shows. HKTDC will once again invite experts from WGSN, Euromonitor to forecast the upcoming fashion trends and share the future development of streetwear and the influence of digitalisation towards the fashion industry.

The Fashion Summit (HK) 2018, a large-scale summit in Asia on fashion sustainability, will be held concurrently. Under the theme ‘Circular Economy’, the two-day conference will gather industry experts to discuss hot industry topics.