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Houseware, Textile fairs attract nearly 46,000 buyers

Hong Kong – The HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair, which ended their four-day shows at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday, saw double digit growth in buyers from a number of Asian and emerging markets.

Together, the two fairs hosted close to 2,300 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions and welcomed nearly 46,000 buyers.

Housewares buyers came mainly from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, India, Japan, the United States, South Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Germany. Show organizers recorded double digit growth in buyer attendance from South Korea, Taiwan, the mainland, India, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) organized 126 buying missions to the two fairs, with more than 6,500 global buyers, including buyers from emerging markets from Hungary, India, Poland and Russia.

Benjamin Chau, HKTDC deputy executive director, said that the sourcing sentiment at the two fairs was positive, with good demand for green and trendy products.

Buyers also continued to favor small and frequent orders, Chau said, underlined by the success of the fairs’ Small-Order Zone, which featured nearly 400 showcases offering some 4,000 products. The zone attracted nearly 19,000 buyer visits, generating about 34,000 business connections. An online version of the zone was also set up, offering instant payment via PayPal.

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