Friday, September 19, 2014
News this week: U.K.-based international events organiser, i2i Events Group, has announced the launch of the inaugural edition of Bett Asia Leadership Summit – set to take place on 3rd to 4th December 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands.
i2i is aiming to attract senior government officials, educators and technology companies from more than 20 countries to the Singapore event. Bett Asia will feature more than 80 speakers with a programme that includes a closed-door conference for VIP education leaders, networking and demonstration areas, workshops and a free to attend seminar programme.
Mark Shashoua, CEO of i2i Events Group, said, “The Bett brand is one of i2i’s most successful and I am delighted that we have another opportunity to take it to a new market. We have had a presence in Singapore for a number of years now and have recently focused on the region further, with new launches both in Singapore and China, as part of our longer term strategy to extend our global reach.”
News this week: Earlier this month, Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Ltd. (HMF) organised the 17th Chengdu Motor Show (CDMS) featuring more than 1,300 vehicles from 102 auto brands.
CDMS was held from 29th August to 7th September, covering 150,000 m2 of exhibition area at Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Centre. During the 10-day show, over 674,500 visits were recorded.
This year’s theme was “Driven by a Colorful Auto Show” and CDMS featured a wide range of automobile manufacturers including the debut of 68 vehicles and 17 concept cars. Exhibitors included international brands, joint venture brands and domestic brands. HMF estimated that a total of 32,652 vehicles were displayed at the show.
News this week: Last week, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held the second edition of Lifestyle Expo in Istanbul. The expo took place at the Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center from 12th to 14th September and is organised by the HKTDC and the Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province (GD-DOC).
More than 180 companies from Hong Kong and Guangdong showcased products including electronics, fashion, watches and clocks, household products and gifts and premiums. According to the HKTDC, the total value of bilateral trade between Hong Kong and Turkey exceeded US$1.2 billion last year - a year-on-year increase of 7%.
Andrew Leung, council member of the HKTDC, commented at the opening ceremony, “Trade between our two countries, Turkey and China, dates back centuries. This Expo is an opportunity to build new B2B bridges along the new Silk Road.”
News this week: Earlier this week, UBM Asia, a subsidiary of UBM plc, opened its 32nd edition of September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair with a record number of participating exhibitors. Nearly 3,700 exhibitors from 49 countries and regions will showcase their products making it the largest in the fair’s history.
The fair is being held at the two main venues in Hong Kong. Jewellery raw materials, equipment and packaging are at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) from 15th to 19th September, while finished jewellery are hosted at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 17th to 21st September. UBM released an updated mobile app for the show featuring the latest information for buyers to plan their visit more efficiently.
The fair covers an exhibition space of more than 135,000 m2 at the two venues. Among the 3,700 exhibitors, more than 60 are new to the fair. A total of 22 group pavilions are exhibiting at this edition from Belgium, Brazil, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA). The organiser expects more than 52,000 buyers to attend the seven-day fair.
News this week: Last week, Taiwan’s former cabinet advisor and deputy economics minister, Francis Liang, was officially appointed chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). The new chairman outlined his key objectives including further developing trade with emerging markets such as India, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, African nations and ASEAN members.
Mr Liang replaced former chairman, Wang Chih-kang, who served six years as head of the council. During Wang’s tenure, TAITRA reportedly held 32 trade promotional events in China alone as of August this year. Wang will continue to offer his expertise as a senior advisor to TAITRA.
Liang commented at his inauguration ceremony, “Exports are the major pillar of Taiwan’s economy, and we should use new thinking and new methods to keep pace with times. TAITRA will work on plans to reinforce Taiwan’s competitiveness in the booming global e-commerce field. At the same time, it will step up investment in exporting Taiwan’s success in the services sector, which accounts for about 70% of Taiwan’s gross domestic product.”
News this week: The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has outlined a series of MICE strategies in anticipation of the upcoming integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
TCEB has proposed three key MICE development plans. The WIN Strategy will focus on market stimulation, bidding for major events, development of attractive promotional packages, and appointment of overseas marketing representatives. While under the PROMOTE Strategy, TCEB will promote participation in Thai trade shows and organise promotional events including roadshows and networking activities in targeted markets. Lastly, the DEVELOP Strategy aims to lift the capabilities and standards among Thai MICE entrepreneurs and venue operators.
Additionally, TCEB, along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), have recently launched promotional campaign “MICE United” to win back confidence of the international business community. As part of the campaign, media “fam trips” to Isan and Chiang Mai were held in August. There are also planned roadshows to Shanghai and London later this year.
Friday, September 12, 2014
News this week: Last week, security and safety industry trade show, IFSEC Southeast Asia, attracted more than 300 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions to the Malaysian capital. Organised by UBM, the show was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from 3rd to 5th September 2014.
UBM reported a large number of trade visitors were attracted from the surrounding ASEAN region. Group pavilions at this year’s edition included those from the U.K., Taiwan, China and Singapore. The three-day exhibition was held concurrently with the IFSEC Global Security Technology Showcase, a seminar programme that featured over 20 hours of content.
Kristan Johnstone, international event manager of IFSEC Southeast Asia, commented, “IFSEC Southeast Asia 2014 has been a great success and the response from both visitors and exhibitors to the new features and education has been hugely positive. We’d like to thank our exhibitors, partners and sponsors for their continued support and look forward to sharing our plans for 2015 where we will further leverage the involvement we enjoy from key partners both in the region and internationally!”
News this week: Hong Kong-based trade show organiser Vertical Expo recently concluded the 2014 edition of Asia Adult Expo Hong Kong (AAEHK) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The show was held over three days from 28th to 30th August together with co-located event Intimate Lingerie Asia (ILA).
According to Vertical Expo, 175 suppliers and brands from 15 countries and regions showcased their products and services. The show attracted 5,350 trade visitors from 42 countries and regions including those from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia and Russia.
Kenny Lo, chief executive of Vertical Expo remarked, “Buyers are impressed by AAEHK 2014 exhibitors as they found many new and innovative products and ideas at the show. It is believed that creativity and innovative design are important elements for industry development. 175 suppliers and brands from 15 countries and regions such as Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, Hong Kong, the U.S., the U.K., etc. joined the expo and will return next year.”
News this week: Last week, Pico Thailand, subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Pico Far East Holdings, announced its financial results for the quarter ended 31st July 2014. In the quarter, Pico Thailand generated revenues of US$5.5 million – a 30% year-on-year drop. In the quarter, the company recorded a net loss of US$557,000, compared to a net profit of US$281,000 in the same quarter last year.
Pico Thailand also reported its results for the nine months ended 31st July. Revenues in the period were US$21 million, a decrease of 10% compared with the same period last year. Pico Thailand’s net loss in the nine-month period was US$451,000, compared with a net profit of US$569,000 in 2013.
According to Pico Thailand, the decrease in its revenues was caused by a drop in the event marketing business & government projects and project postponements resulting from Thailand’s recent political unrest.
News this week: Earlier this month, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held its 33rd edition of Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair. Billed as the largest event of its kind in the world, the show ran from 3rd to 7th September at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, the Watch & Clock Fair attracted more than 760 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions, with a number of newly represented countries including Belgium, India, Iran and the U.A.E.
During the five-day event, over 19,000 buyers around the world visited the fair, up 2% over last year. According to the HKTDC, a significant growth in buyer numbers was recorded from some key and emerging markets, including the U.K. (23%), France (14%), India (37%), Korea (30%) and Thailand (28%).