The HKTDC’s inaugural ‘2 Shows 2 Venues’ initiative in Hong Kong in March is expected to attract a record-breaking 3500 jewellery and gemstone exhibitors to the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which attracted a record 3341 exhibitors and 42,113 buyers this year, will be split into the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show for finished jewellery products at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 5-9 and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show for loose stones and raw materials in the AsiaWorld-Expo from March 3-7.
According to the HKTDC deputy executive director Benjamin Chau, the ‘2 Shows 2 Venues’ initiative offers “a wider scope of exhibits on display under streamlined setting to maximize the benefit of both exhibitors and buyers”.
“The brand new arrangement of ‘2 Shows 2 Venues’ will allow more exhibitors to participate, in which a greater variety of jewellery exhibits will be on feature,” he said.
“The two shows are perfectly timed and housed to generate a synergistic effect, maximising exhibitors’ exposure and buyers’ sourcing opportunities, and providing a perfect setting for the shows to grow and prosper.”
The Shows’ exhibition line-up will include Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the US, while trade organisations will include the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the Israel Diamond Institute, the International Colored Gemstone Association, the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association and the Platinum Guild International.
In 2012, Hong Kong’s exports of precious jewellery reached US$ 7 billion and thus retained its status as the world’s sixth largest exporter of precious jewellery.