As I am typing this I cannot quite believe that this time next week I will be in Hong Kong gearing up for the Hong Kong International Optical Fair 2019. The show is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA). It is an annual show held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), this year it is on 6th to 8th November.
I am excited to go to this show because the last time I went was a very long time ago. I often get invited to attend shows in Europe. To be invited to a show in Asia and it being in my home city Hong Kong, it feels like a dream come true.
I keep planning in my head what I want to see during the show. I will love to see what European brands will be exhibiting at the show and I want to know how they view the market in Asia. Then I would love to explore Asian brands because I often do not get to see that many at European shows. The HKOMA will be promoting the development of Hong Kong’s eyewear sector by showcasing the latest collections from 30 local eyewear designers at the Brand Name Gallery and Hong Kong Eyewear Good Design. Brands include BIG HORN, HACHILL and P+US, I’ve personally only heard of HACHILL.
For this year’s show, the 27th edition, it has attracted 810 exhibitors with 600 of them from outside of Hong Kong. With this in mind, for this show, around 70 buying missions from more than 40 countries and regions have been organised, comprising around 5,500 buyers. The HKTDC has strengthened its free shuttle bus service and set up an HKTDC Services Counter in the Buffer Hall at Hong Kong International Airport where buyers can obtain information and pre-register for admission badges. Buyer Concierge Desks will be set up at the fair to connect exhibitors and buyers.
Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Acting Executive Director says…
“As a major eyewear exporting hub, Hong Kong’s export performance for eyewear products remains steady. This year’s fair has attracted a total of 810 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, helping companies to grasp business opportunities on a global scale. This year we have more than 600 exhibitors from outside Hong Kong, proving that Hong Kong remains an attractive trading platform. The HKTDC has also organised buying missions and strengthened its business-matching services to provide more business opportunities for exhibitors.”
For me, as well as seeing the European brands, Hong Kong and other Asian brands, I am also looking forward to seeing the finalists and the winners of the Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition. They will all be on display at Hall 1D during the show. I do strongly believe in supporting young design talent because they are the future of the eyewear industry. It is always refreshing to see what they come up with because they have fresh eyes on the industry.
If you see me around the show then don’t be shy and come and say hi. If you haven’t registered to go to the show yet then do it now! You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with this handle @MyGlassesAndMe. See you next week in Hong Kong!