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No.10  October, 2019  
upcoming events
  HKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair 2019, 6 - 8 Nov 2019  
  Last year’s Optical Fair featured record 810 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions presenting a wide range of eyewear products. The inaugural IT Solutions & Shop Fittings zone showcased the latest innovations, including 3D eyewear printing technologies, to match buyers’ needs and help promote their business development. The 2019 event will again feature seminars featured industry representatives and experts to share market and product trends in the eyewear industry.  
  HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2019, 7 - 9 Nov 2019  
  The 2019 edition welcomed 1,075 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, and showcased an extraordinary variety of wines and spirits from around the world with pavilions from New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland. The fair will also feature Liquor & Beverage Products, Whisky and Spirits and Beer zones, together with zones that promote the industry’s all-round development, including Wine Education, Wine Investment, and Wine Accessories, Equipment and Services, at which Tmall, the well-known Chinese mainland online shopping platform, joins the fair for the first time. Food-pairing products are showcased at the Friends of Wine zone.  
  Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference, 19 - 20 Nov 2019  
  The 9th ALMC will return on 19-20 November 2019. Mark your diary!  
  This year’s discussions will focus on the following topics:
  • Asian connectivity and opportunities against the backdrop of challenging geopolitics (Day 1 Plenary)
  • Interrelationship between customer experience and supply chain management (Day 2 Plenary)
  • Technological Innovation
  Discounted registration for Australian and New Zealand delegates  
  Australian and New Zealand can enjoy the special registration cost of US$65 (usual registration price is US$250). Contact for the discount code.  
  HKTDC SmartBiz Expo, 4 - 6 Dec 2019  
  HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show, 4 - 6 Dec 2019  
  Asian E-tailing Summit, 4 - 5 Dec 2019  
  DesignInspire, 5-7 December, 2019  
  The 5th Hong Kong International Franchising Show will feature multiple zones, including the Hong Kong Food and Beverage zone, the Hong Kong Non-Food and Beverage zone, the Chinese Mainland zone and the International zone, displaying franchising opportunities across different sectors. The second edition of the SmartBiz Expo, which was held concurrently with the Franchising Show, attracted more than 520 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions to offer a variety of business solutions and innovative business ideas.  
  The second Asian E-tailing Summit offers a one-stop platform to explore the future development of e-commerce and was attended in 2019 by more than 1,400 e-tailers and business professionals from various sectors.  
  Organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and partnered with the Business of Design Week (BODW), DesignInspire is a B2A exchange and inspiring platform for global creative elites, design brands, design associations and institutes to showcase their creativities. An array of interactive installations, novel ideas, design products and projects is featured.  
  Business of IP Asia Forum, 5 - 6 Dec 2019  
  The two-day forum brings together more than 80 intellectual property (IP) experts from leading global companies to share insights on a range of industry topics and discuss the advantages Hong Kong offers for exploring new business opportunities. With more than 90 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, and backed by the online platform Asia IP Exchange (, the forum provides a valuable one-stop platform to foster cooperation between governments, industry, academia, research institutions and the business sector, and encourage IP trade and wider application of new technologies.  
  HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show 2020, 6 - 8 Jan 2020  
  Asian Licensing Conference, 6-7 Jan 2020  
  The booming and affluent Asian consumer market has become ever more brand conscious. It provides an unmatched opportunity for Australian and New Zealand brand owners, licensing agents, manufacturers, traders and retailers to extend their brands, expand their markets, as well as enhancing their services and merchandise through licensing and IP trading. The Hong Kong International Licensing Show is the second largest show of its kind in the world and the largest in Asia and is a brilliant platform on which to capitalise on the rapidly growing Asian licensing industry.  
  The concurrent Asian Licensing Conference is the largest licensing conference in Asia, with 1300 participants from 25 countries and regions and around 30 speakers representing premier global brands. The ALC provides an outstanding opportunity to capture Asian licensing opportunities and to gain practical knowledge and develop important relationships through licensing workshops.  
  HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair 2020, 6 - 9 Jan 2020  
  HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair 2020, 6 - 9 Jan 2020  
  Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 2020, 6 - 9 Jan 2020  
  The Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair last year featured close to 3,000 global exhibitors. Together with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show (over 400 exhibitors) the first four HKTDC fairs of 2019 attracted more than 130,000 buyers.  
  Over 51,000 buyers attended the Toys & Games Fair, while about 34,000 and 21,800 buyers visited the Baby Products Fair and Stationery Fair respectively. In addition, more than 23,000 visitors attended the Licensing Show.  
  Asian Financial Forum, 13-14 January, 2020  
  The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) brings together some of the most influential leaders of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia. In 2019, over 130 internationally respected speakers in government, financial and business sectors gathered for groundbreaking discussions about opportunities and challenges facing Asia.  
  The twelfth AFF attracted more than 3,300 participants from 45 countries and regions, about 80% of them were CEOs and senior decision makers. More than 400 journalists and media representatives attended the forum.  
  AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session  
  During the AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session, one-on-one meetings were arranged between sources of funds and sources of deals. Over the years, 5,200+ meetings were arranged for more than 3,000 companies involving investment project owners, private equity firms, investors, high net-worth individuals and senior professionals from intermediaries and professional services providers.  
  Contact the Sydney office for further information about discounted registrations and the official mission to AFF at  
  Hong Kong Fashion Week, 13 - 16 Jan 2020  
  The previous HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter attracted nearly 13,000 buyers from 78 countries and regions.  
  HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau noted: “What started out as a small-scale show held at local hotels has become Asia’s largest fashion fair, creating many important business opportunities for exhibitors from Hong Kong and around the globe.”  
  Facing the uncertainties resulting from the ongoing trade conflict between the United States and Mainland China, together with rapid changes in sourcing and retailing models, Mr Chau urged industry players to grasp the opportunities presented by buyers from emerging markets, and stay competitive by improving design quality. Manufacturers also need to adopt the latest technologies to add value to their products. “Hong Kong Fashion Week is poised to remain as the ideal platform through which the industry can promote the latest products and exchange the latest information on fashion and market trends,” said Mr Chau.  
  Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, 2 - 6 Mar 2020  
  Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, 4 - 8 Mar 2020  
  In 2019 two shows featured a total of more than 4,600 exhibitors and welcomed a record number of over 90,000 buyers from 141 countries and regions, up 4% over the previous year. More than 35,000 buyers attended the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, while about 55,000 visited the Jewellery Show.  
  In 2019 the five-day show attracted 2,615 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions, among which Jordan, Latvia and Liechtenstein tool part for the first time. Also new in 2019 were pavilions from Mexico and Indonesia, bringing a new dimension to the event. The show presents a diverse array of finished jewellery, from the rarest and most luxurious to the exclusive collections of internationally renowned brands, as well as works from emerging designers, amber jewellery and wedding jewellery.  
  The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, focuses on jewellery raw materials. Together, the two shows attracted a record of more than 4,600 exhibitors from 48 countries and regions and continue to form the world’s largest jewellery marketplace.  
  Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), 25 - 28 Mar 2020  
  The previous four-day event attracted nearly 9,000 buyers.  
  Acort International, a US exhibitor and long-time FILMART participant, reached a distribution agreement for a war film titled “World W4R” with buyers from Korea, Vietnam and India on the second day of the exhibition. Horizon Motion Pictures from Canada featured “Wedding and Lovers Tourist around the World” and discussed with filmmakers from the Philippines, India, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. This documentary will have two episodes on each place to introduce local wedding ceremonies and cultural traditions.  
  Sil-Metropole Organisation Ltd from Hong Kong said its martial arts films were popular among Southeast Asian buyers at FILMART, with a number of investment discussions ensuing, including for "The Shaolin Temple 2". Sil-Metropole also revealed that a virtual reality production company from the UK intends to remake Sil-Metropole’s action movies and micro-movies with VR technology.  
  Mainland China-based China Central Television (CCTV) does a lot of international business, with 60% to 70% of the buyers of its drama-series productions coming from overseas. CCTV said many new-media platforms, including Facebook, in addition to TV stations, negotiated with them at FILMART this year. Mainland animator Fantawild Animation Inc. from Guangdong Province reached a broadcasting agreement with an Indian TV station for the company’s animation "Boonie Bears" on the third day of FILMART.  
  MarketingPulse, 27 Mar 2020  
  MarketingPulse is an integrated branding and marketing conference for global marketers, brands, advertising agencies, media, enterprises and innovation professionals to gather and share the latest marketing trends, exchange best marketing practices and explore new collaborations in Asia. From contents defining new marketing strategies to events that connect and catalyse, MarketingPulse is not only a conference, but an inspiring annual rendezvous to explore new frontiers in the markets.  
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