ABOUT 30 companies from the Philippines are expected to exhibit their products in seven international trade fairs that will be held in Hong Kong this month, Sunny Chau, regional manager for southeast Asia and India of Hong Kong’s Trade Development Council (TDC) said Tuesday.
“Philippine suppliers can produce unique products, and I believe they can meet the discerning taste of the buyers,” he said.
Most of the participants from the Philippines will showcase their products at the Houseware Fair, he said.
Cebu Intertrade Export has been selected for the inaugural “Creative Arts & Cultural Craft Zone,” which is primarily targeted at high-end buyers, including international hotel chains, private clubs, casinos, interior design houses, and premium department stores.
“We are hoping to feature more Philippine suppliers in the coming years so that international buyers can appreciate the quality of Philippine products,” Chau said. “The ‘Avenue of Inspiration’ at the Gifts Fair, which promotes products by young talented designers . . . is another area where we would like to see the participation of more Philippine companies.”
He said transactions in the month-long trade fairs are expected to provide an indication of global demand and attract participants, including exhibitors and buyers, from across the world, including ASEAN countries, like the Philippines.
The seven TDC-sponsored trade fairs in Hong Kong this month are: the International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition); Electronics Fair (Spring Edition); International ICT Expo; International Home Textiles & Furnishings Fair; Houseware Fair; Gifts and Premium Fair; and, the International Printing & Packaging Fair.
Last year, more than 11,000 exhibitors from around the world participated in the seven trade fairs which attracted more than 216,000 buyers.
Set up in 1966, the TDC is the international marketing arm of Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 13 in China, TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The council also organizes trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on mainland China, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online.