Pet Industry Keeps Growing: 122nd Canton Fair Highlights Pet Products and Food
 
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Nov 21, 2017
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GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted in the world's third largest pet market, the 122nd China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) has reported a 3.6 percent year-on-year increase of buyers with total transaction volume growing by 8.2 percent year-on-year. Exhibitors at the pet products and food sector have seen significant increases in the number of inquiries they received at the tradeshow, reflecting the considerable growth of global as well as Chinese pet market.

The global pet market has reached 105 billion yuan (US$15.86 billion) since 2015, achieving 5.06 percent compound growth over the past five years. At the 122nd Canton Fair, the pet sector featured a diverse array of pet products that were showcased in groups so that buyers could compare quality and price.

Maggie Pu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Canton Fair, noted that the Canton Fair has created a positive cycle in the pet market where products encourage needs and needs drive innovation. "The booming pet market has encouraged many companies to bring new products to the Canton Fair, including automatic feeders and automatic cat teasers, as well as cat and dog beds made of environmentally-friendly materials," said Pu.

Growing Market Drives Innovation

The 122nd Canton Fair has unveiled a wide range of creative pet products. DoggyMan Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. brought gym equipment that allows pets to exercise alongside their owners. The product helps customers walk their dogs indoors on rainy days, serving as fitness equipment for both owners and pets.

"We want to try out new products that are very rare at Canton Fair. As the market for pet consumer goods continues to expand, more categories of products will be created in the near future," said the company's representative, Zhang Hongliang.

Shanghai Xinjian Pet, which has clients in more than 10 countries and regions, showcased a popular rope toy with a Christmas-themed design that enables pets to play, grind their teeth and develop their intelligence.

Pet Market's Global Reach

China Pet Foods brought their pet food, cat litter and snack biscuits to the 122nd Canton Fair. The company's key customers are mainly from South America, Africa and Asia where the market has been booming for the past two years.

Zhuang Mingyun, General Manager of Wenzhou Yuanfei Pet Toy Company, whose company has achieved average annual growth of 15 percent, and 40 percent growth this year, has been attending Canton Fair since 2006. "Our key clients mostly come from the US, Europe and Japan," said Zhang. "Coming to Canton Fair to meet more pet product vendors is very helpful to our business."

About Canton Fair

The China Import and Export Fair has been held biannually in Guangzhou since 1957. It is the largest exhibition with the widest array of products, most diverse selection of buyers and highest business turnover in China. Visit:http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx

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ScreenSingapore to Feature High-Profile Film Veterans
 
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Nov 20, 2017
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Third Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market reveals shortlist

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - ScreenSingapore, together with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), has announced the full slate of film dignitaries who will be speaking at the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Conference. The third edition of the SAFF Project Market also released its shortlist, with 15 projects from across Southeast Asia.

"For seven years now, ScreenSingapore has been a key Southeast Asian platform that gathers the global industry's best minds, for power-packed conference sessions that deliver actionable insights about the dynamic film landscape. We are deeply appreciative of partners like SAAVA and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshops (TTB) that have joined hands with us to groom the next generation of Southeast Asian filmmakers. We certainly look forward to bringing more stories from the region, to the world," said Yeow Hui Ling, Senior Project Director of ScreenSingapore and Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), Reed Exhibitions.

Justin Deimen, Executive Director of SAAVA and Managing Partner of the Aurora Global Media Capital fund added, "As we march onto our third edition, we continue to view the positive impact of our SAFF Project Market and Conference within the regional filmmaking community and the network it creates for financiers, producers, and the rest of the ecosystem. The selection of projects and filmmakers we have this year at the SAFF Project Market is world-class and points to a deep pool of talent in Southeast Asia that will be showcased to international investors.

"With Indonesia as our Country of Focus this year, we're excited to create more inter-regional co-production opportunities with a marketplace of tremendous potential. The high-level SAFF Conference is put together with the focus on training producers in the importance of utilising new financing strategies available in our region to create global content through international co-productions and understanding what the market is looking for in the coming year."

- SAFF Conference - New Independent: Producing for a Globalised Film Economy -

On 1 December 2017, a contingent of film and media financing experts from around the world will address present-day opportunities and trends in content producing in Southeast Asia, including the new models of co-productions, new media business models, the rise of the Indonesian film economy, creating marketing and sales strategies for Indie filmmaking, and the art of nurturing local IPs into global franchises.

Amongst these are heavyweights Kurt Rieder, Executive Vice President (APAC) of 20th Century Fox and Martin McCourt, Investment Head at London Pacific Finance. At the keynote panel, "Bringing a Local IP into the Global State", they will discuss how to nurture localised IPs and stories, and prime them to go global, in their experience as successful producers and studio executives.

The panel "Europe & Asia: An Insight into Co-Productions" will kick off the day, where producers from Asia and Europe will discuss co-production opportunities and case studies, discussing practical steps in structuring a co-production through the mixture of different kinds of monies and production considerations. Amongst the speakers are Chan Gin Kai, the President of SAAVA and one of the region's most sought-after film financing and co-production experts, and Jonas Weydemann, a prolific German producer, the national coordinator for the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and member of the European Film Academy.

The next panel puts a spotlight on Indonesia, ScreenSingapore's Country of Focus this year. It will look at the country's Goldilocks formula of having the right demographics, a budding digital and brick-and-mortar infrastructure, as well as a maturing audience and filmmaking base. One of the country's most respected filmmakers, Ifa Isfansyah of Fourcolours Films will be discussing his first-hand experiences together with Krishnan Rajagopalan, the co-founder of HOOQ and CEO of Whacked Out Media.

Marketing and film festival experts such as Sreyashi Sen, Founder of Darpan Singapore and Benjamin Illos, Programmer of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight together with Marco Mueller, Creative Festival Director of the Pingyao International Film Festival will discuss how independent filmmakers can create marketing buzz and secure distribution in this new brave new world. Celluloid Junkie's Editor-in-Chief, Patrick von Sychowski will moderate.

And true to its nature, the SAFF Conference will present "Meet the Financiers", a session that will answer the important questions that producers have for investors and distributors. The panel will include Jeremy Sim, Managing Partner of Aurora Global Media Capital and Dhruv Sinha, Head (Hollywood & Overseas Business) for RELIANCE Entertainment. Continuing the themes of establishing business fundamentals in the creative industries, other sessions include "Sourcing for New Business Models in Media Financing".

- SAFF Project Market 2017 shortlist announced -

Following two successful editions, the third SAFF Project Market has released its shortlist of promising feature-length projects that will have a shot at financing, distribution and collaboration opportunities to bring these films to fruition. This pitching competition and launch pad for filmmakers from the region is a partnership between ScreenSingapore, SAAVA and TTB.

From a large number of submissions from various Southeast Asian countries, an esteemed panel of judges identified 15 finalists from Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore (in collaboration with producers from India and Mauritius) and Thailand. Coinciding with the spotlight on Indonesia, there will be five projects from the country.

AND THE GODS RODE HORNBILLS
Malaysia
Producer: Nandita Solomon
Director: Nandita Solomon

EERIE
Philippines
Producer: Micah Tadena
Director: Mikhail Red

LASTRI
Indonesia
Producers: Dewi Umaya Rachman, Sabrang Mowo Damar Panuluh, Perlita Desiani
Director: Adriyanto Dewo

MARANGKA: THE CORPSE FLOWER
Indonesia
Producer: Firdauzi Trizkiyanto
Director: Andra Fembriarto

MINA-ANUD
Philippines
Producers: Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew
Director: Kerwin G

NO BOYS LAND
Thailand
Producers: Komtouch Napattaloong, John Badalu
Director: Nontawat Numbenchapol

PAN DE SALAWAL (THE SWEET TASTE OF SALTED BREAD AND UNDIES)
Philippines
Producer: Victoria Mostoles
Director: Che Espiritu

RYDER
Malaysia
Producer: Sivanantham Perianan
Director: Shanjhey Kumar Perumal

SCHIRKOA
Singapore/ India
Producer: Aldric Chang
Director: Ishan Shukla

STALKER
Indonesia
Producers: Amalia Rizky, Siera Tamihardja
Director: Winaldo Artaraya Swastia

THE GREEN SARI
Singapore/ Mauritius
Producer: Christian Comarmond
Director: Christian Comarmond

THE HUNTED
Indonesia
Producer: Allen Jordan
Director: Agung Sentausa

THE RETURNING KID
Myanmar
Producers: Soe Arkar Htun, Khin Warso
Director: Sai Naw Kham

WILDERNESS
Malaysia
Producer: Nadira Ilana
Director: Nadira Ilana

YUNI
Indonesia
Producer: Ifa Isfansyah
Director: Kamila Andini

Distinguished international film leaders who handpicked the shortlist and will also be in Singapore to elect the SAFF Project Market 2017 winners are:
- Chan Gin Kai, Executive Producer of Silver Media Group / Chairman of SAAVA
- Kristina Trapp, CEO of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs
- Marco Muller, Artistic Director, Pingyao Film Festival
- Krishnan Rajagopalan, CEO, Whacked Out Media (and Co-Founder, HOOQ)

Prizes will be announced on 1 December 2017, following the SAFF conference.
Details about the SAFF conference and SAFF Project Market are available atwww.screensingapore.com.sg.

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Messe Frankfurt announces acquisition of Beijing Traders-Link Plus International Exhibition Co Ltd
 
Nov 19, 2017
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BEIJING --( ASIA TODAY )-- Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, Greater China’s headquarters of the global leading trade fair organiser Messe Frankfurt GmbH has acquired a major proportion of Beijing Traders-Link Plus International Exhibition Co Ltd, organiser of the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Expo (AMR) in Beijing.

The agreement of the acquisition was signed in Shanghai on 10 November 2017 between Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and Beijing Traders-Link Plus International Exhibition Co Ltd. In the agreement, both parties accorded to form a new joint venture company named Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing) Co Ltd, in which Messe Frankfurt will hold the majority interest. This acquisition is also strongly supported by industry associations: the China Automotive Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA) and the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA), who are also the co-organisers of Automotive Maintenance & Repair Expo (AMR).

Messe Frankfurt is present in 178 countries and hosts exhibitions and conferences in around 50 locations with its brands and brand families. The company has an extensive network and expertise in mobility and logistics sector, including the renowned Automechanika brand with 17 shows in 15 countries and 16 other automotive events worldwide.

The acquisition will allow Messe Frankfurt to enrich its maintenance and repair sector within its mobility portfolio, as well as its market share in Asia. Mr Stephan Buurma, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt Group, shared his view: “The Automechanika brand shows in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi, as well as the CAPAS show in Chengdu, together cover all areas of the value chain to serve the flourishing aftermarket sector in Asia and in China in particular. The next step is to strengthen our presence in each of the industry’s sectors.”

“Being the biggest automobile market in the world, China’s repair and maintenance market is growing eminently. This new acquisition provides fast access for our key customers in the automotive field to penetrate this booming market,” Mr Buurma added.

Mr Steven Wang, General Manager of Beijing Traders-Link Plus International Exhibition Co Ltd, believes the agreement comes at a good time for international key players to tap into the evolving repair and maintenance sector. He said: “With the recently passed Administrative Measures for Automobile Sales policy and the increase in out-of-warranty vehicles, the sector’s structure is expected to evolve from the domination of 4S, to multiple forms such as independent workshops and online platforms. Despite the aftermarket being more competitive than ever, it unlocks unprecedented opportunities for distributors, end-users and stakeholders from the global repair and maintenance suppliers. I am certain that the move is mutually beneficial to both local and international industry counterparts.” Mr Wang also said that with the new acquisition, the organiser is projecting an increase in the 2018 show’s scale to 1,200 exhibitors and 60,000 visits.

Co-organisers of the show, the China Automotive Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA) and the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA) expressed their optimism in the move. Mr Xie Jiaju, the Chairman of CAMEIA said: “I am glad to see the presence of Messe Frankfurt in AMR. They are one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers with a strong international network and experience in the global automotive markets. With them on board, we can enhance the internationality of this long-established and the leading industry fair. It’s a win-win situation for our members and industry counterparts.” Mr Yan Bo, the Secretary General of CAMRA added: “Both the show and the automotive market will profit hugely from the signing. It will tighten the relationship between the international markets and the local companies.”

Beijing Traders-Link Plus International Exhibition Co Ltd is the organiser of Auto Maintenance & Repair Expo (AMR), held every spring in Beijing, China. The company advocates its expertise and vitality, and implements its local and international networks to AMR. It has successfully made AMR into Asia's biggest and one of the world’s top three trade fairs. In its latest edition in 2017, the show’s scale expanded to 110,000 sqm of exhibition space and attracted 1,139 exhibitors and 58,212 visits.

The show covers every aspect of the auto maintenance and repair sector including garage equipment, testing & diagnostic equipment and tools, coating, collision repair, car care and car wash, chain stores, training and software. The broad product spectrum attracts trade visitors such as 4S shops, car care shops, car manufacturers, chain stores, distributors & wholesalers, test stations, transportation companies, tyre shops and workshops to source and look for business opportunities every year.

Automotive Maintenance & Repair Expo 2018 (AMR 2018) will be held from 1 – 4 April at the New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC). For more information, please visitwww.amr-china.cn or e-mail auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

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2017 ASTA China Summit Opening up Guiyang's Tourism Market in North America
 
Nov 19, 2017
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GUIYANG, China, Nov. 16, 2017 -- American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) joined with Guiyang Municipal People's Government and Guizhou Provincial Tourism Development Committee when entering China for the first time. Aiming at the status quo of Chinese tourism market, they jointly established a platform for tourism professionals from home and abroad. Featuring treasured tourism route recommendations, tourism innovation, tourism negotiation and transactions and discussions about tourism industry development. Through "focusing on Chinese inbound tourism and promoting Chinese outbound tourism", they are dedicated to helping the realization of a seamless connection between tourism destinations and tourism enterprises, realizing exchanges and product transactions between travel agents from home and abroad and tourism industries to the maximum extent, and further promoting the branding of Chinese tourism destinations and the deepening of structural reform of the supply side.

Held successfully in Guiyang from Nov 5-16, 2017, ASTA China Summit 2017 was jointly hosted by Guiyang Municipal People's Government, Guizhou Provincial Tourism Development Committee and ASTA, while being organized by Guiyang Tourism Development Committee. It was comprised of three sections, namely, familiarization trips, industry conferences and the travel trade show. Among them, the familiarization trips inside Guizhou province were scheduled from Nov 5th to 8th and from Nov 12th to 15th; Nov 10th and 11th were for the familiarization trips in Guiyang and its surrounding places; from Nov 8th to 9th, there were 6 activities held in Guiyang International Ecology Conference Center, including tourism industry conferences, the trade show, special tourism promotional events and so on. Over 130 travel agents from North America and 200 Chinese representatives from tourism destinations and enterprises carried out pragmatic business talks and negotiations, through which they reached a series of consensus and achievements, thereby initiating a new cooperation stage for the market exploitation of China inbound tourism.

Guiyang was the hosting city for ASTA China Summit 2017. Developing Guiyang's international tourism market and turning Guiyang into a world-famous ecology-friendly tourism city have positive effects and profound significance. The summit will further promote and introduce the tourism products of Guizhou and Guiyang from multi angles and full dimensions, further improve their reputation and influence while increasing their market shares and boosting the inbound tourism market. On one hand, it can help more foreign premium travel agents understand Guizhou, introduce Guizhou's tourism products of in-depth tours to the attending foreign travel agents, guide them to set up partnership more conveniently with Chinese premium travel agencies, especially those regional ones, realize the entrance of Guizhou's tourism products into America, promote the sales of Guizhou's tourism routes by American travel agents, expand the market shares of Guizhou's tourism in American market, boost the quality of Guizhou's tourism products, and finally attract more American tourists to Guizhou and improve their travel experience in Guizhou. On the other hand, this summit can drive Chinese travel agents with relatively strong ability of business exploration to increase Guizhou's tourism products while creating opportunities for Guizhou's local travel agents to directly cooperate with famous travel organizations in the tourist source market.

Walking into China, exploring Guizhou's secret areas and initiating a tourism feast

During the familiarization trips before, in the middle of, and after the conferences to Zhenyuan, Kaili, Pingtang, Huangguoshu, Tianlong Tunpu and Ancient Qingyan Town in Guizhou, representatives from many American travel agents carried out discussions with personnel from the tourism industry of Guizhou. They will jointly design and develop Guizhou's tourism routes and products for American tourists, thereby attracting foreign tourists to come. The familiarization trips were aimed at further expediting the establishment of a world-famous tourism destination, improving the reputation and influence of Guizhou's tourism brand in abroad, making foreign travel agents more deeply and comprehensively understand Guizhou's tourism scenic areas and spots so that they can jointly discuss, design and excavate its highlights, further develop the tourism products suitable for American tourists, thereby attracting foreign tourists to come to Guizhou for travelling.

Meanwhile, in order to help more American tourists know Guizhou and walk into Guiyang, based on the market development strategy of "walking out and inviting in", this summit especially tailor made and released various interline tourism products for China's inbound tourists which are centered on Guizhou and radiates Guangzhou, Yunnan, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangxi. This special product series covers 5 themes, "Brave Guizhou"-mountain adventure, "Sing in Guizhou"- ethnic customs, "Mountains and waters in Guizhou"-natural landscapes, "Guizhou under the moon"-festival experiences, "Gorgeous Guizhou"-themed photograpy.

Ms. Hou Ying (Isabella Hou), President of China Chapter of ASTA, said that, a survey about "American travelling patterns" indicates that American tourists expect most the unique culture, natural landscape and delicious food in their leisure travelling, which make Guizhou and Guizyang stand out from so many tourism destinations in China. When Mr. Robert Duglin, Vice President of ASTA visited Guizhou for the first time, he noticed the stretching mountains, magnificent land and colorful ethnic customs stating: "This is the real China, American tourists are certain to like it here." Mr. Zane Kerby, President of ASTA, held up his thumb to the reporter and said: "The ancient Zhenyuan town is so beautiful! This trip is so worthwhile! So great!" In their hearts, Guizhou not only provides the best tourism products for America, but also provides them with unforgettable cultural feast in their lives. While, Guiyang targets at forging a world-famous tourism city featured with ecology and advance the development of the tourism industry with a open mindset, which also leaves a deep impression for the American travel agents who attended the familiarization trips.

Travel agents from home and abroad taking one-on-one talks and negotiations

To make the conference more productive, during the ASTA China Summit 2017, the buyers and sellers were organized to carry out an one-on-one round table negotiation, in which over 200 travel agents from home and abroad took part in, including ASTA, Sun Knights Travel, American Airlines, Ctrip and China International Travel Service. The participants carried out in-depth talks and negotiations about "the customization and sales of regional interline products centered on Guizhou+", "overseas business development and marketing cooperation", "the display and marketing of treasured routes of Chinese tourism destinations", and "information sharing about Chinese inbound tourism". According to relevant information, this one-on-one communication will not only expand their business cooperation, but also realize the seamless connection between travel agents from home and abroad and the tourism industry, and provide effective basis and directions for the design, development and international marketing of Chinese inbound tourism products and routes.

The colorful Guizhou being awarded as 2018 ASTA Key Strategic Destination Partner in China while the cool Guiyang awarded as The Most Promising Tourism City of China in 2018 by ASTA

Guizhou was recommended by New York Times as "52 Places to Go in 2016". The promo video of Guizhou broadcast by CNN stoked up a "wind of colorful Guizhou" and Guizhou was called "the mysterious oriental strength", which drew attention from international media including the French State TV Station. Guizhou is becoming a place where tourists from all over the world can enjoy mountains and waters indulgently, recollect nostalgia and relax their souls. The series of achievements helped Guizhou to become a burgeoning tourism destination in the world. As the provincial capital of Guizhou, Guiyang is the center of politics, economy and culture of the province as well as the provincial tourist center. In recent years, Guiyang's tourism made great strides and its brand of "the Summer Resort of China" became well-known around the world. Guiyang has well-rounded development and maintains positive growth, while its tourism industry keeps "spurting" and is continuously upgrading and changing. Guiyang is marching toward all-for-one tourism with firm and big strides, while aiming at forging a world-famous tourism city featured with ecology and sharing "green" dividends with the whole world.

During this ASTA China Summit, Guizhou province was awarded by ASTA with the title of "2018 Chinese Key Strategic Partnership Destination", while Guiyang won the title of "2018 Chinese Tourism City with the Biggest Potential".

"The Biggest Potential" was vividly embodied by the U.S. Outbound Tourism Market Research jointly released by Beyond Summits Ltd and ASTA in the conference, which pointed out that in 2016, there was an expediting growth of online inbound tourism in Guiyang, the number of inbound tourists increased by 17% and the US became the biggest source country of online inbound tourists for Guiyang.

"In the past, Guiyang's inbound tourism was focused on Asia-Pacific countries, such as, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Tapping the distant North American market is still a brand-new subject," said Yuan Yunlong, Director of Guiyang Tourism Development Committee. Taking advantage of the ASTA China Summit, the travel agents from North America can visit and understand Guizhou and Guiyang in person. "The nation is the world, we should see our own advantages, reversely utilize high-end market standards to push various jobs about tourism development, take reference from the successful experience of European-American countries in tourism development and continuously introduce international talents," said Yuan Yunlong.

Through the cooperation among American travel agents, domestic and local Guizhou travel agents and tourism destination cities, this summit will effectively improve Guizhou's reputation and popularity while further upgrading of its inbound tourism market. The Travel Agency Branch of Guiyang Tourism Association and ASTA signed the cooperation memorandum about tourists exchange and they will carry out comprehensive cooperation in fields including tourism publicity, tourism product research and development. As a result, the tourism exchange and cooperation between the two sides will thereby enter a new stage of institutionalized development. The travel agents from home and abroad also signed cooperation memorandums so as to expand their new space in tourism cooperation.

In the part of keynote speech, Ms. Hou Ying (Isabella Hou), President of China Chapter of ASTA, Cheng Yong, member of the party committee of China Southern Airlines (Group) Co., Ltd., Xiong Xing, Vice President of Ctrip, Zhang Guangrui, Honorary Director of Tourism Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zane Kerby, President of ASTA and other authoritative experts in the tourism industry attended the conference and made brilliant speeches themed on "the Opportunities and Performance Brought by Chinese Inbound Tourism", in which they carried out in-depth analysis and interpretation about the advantages of the development of Chinese inbound tourism, the measures taken by aviation enterprises to promote inbound tourism, how tourism enterprises realize facilitation and quality improvement, and the significance of the ASTA China Summit 2017, and put forward a series of prospective opinions and suggestions about deepening cooperation.

Mr. Zane Kerby said in his keynote speech that: "As per the historical data from ASTA, after the marketing events held by ASTA, relevant tourism products of the destination will enjoy a remarkable increase in sales volume, 77% of the event participants expect to bring more customers to the destination in the future. Therefore, in the future it can be expected that the Southwest of China centered on Guiyang will become a new highlight and growth point of China's inbound tourism of the North American market. To attract more American tourists to China, the supporting and incentive policies made by Chinese and American governments is very pivotal. It is recommended that China should provide diversified and suitable products and improve service quality so as to improve the satisfaction of American tourists on their travels in China and leave them with excellent travel experience."

Mr. Zhang Guangrui, Honorary Director of Tourism Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said that, Americans generally have little understanding about China, so it is necessary for China to target the American market to carry out corresponding marketing strategies whose emphasis should shift from "country to country" to "region to region". What's more, there are two generations of old and new immigrants in America, so friends and relatives visiting take an important role in Chinese inbound tourism market, which is driven by family bond and has tremendous growth space.

The interline products customized for inbound tourists to China centered on Guizhou and Guiyang while radiating Guangzhou, Yunnan, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangxi being promoted to the North American market

It is worthy to mention that in order to attract more American tourists to know and visit Guizhou and Guiyang, this summit especially customized and launched for the inbound tourists to China various interline tourism products centered on Guizhou and Guiyang while radiating Guangzhou, Yunnan, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangxi. Meanwhile, preferential policies in aspects of aviation, scenic spots and hotels will be released to encourage the customization of more themed tourism routes and products suitable for different targeted customers to be sold in the American market. A long-term platform and communication mechanism is expected to be established as a result.

Beyond Summits Ltd is the exclusive representative of ASTA in China and supported successfully Guiyang of Guizhou Province becoming the host city of ASTA China Summit 2017. China Southern Airlines is the Exclusive Strategic Airline Partner of ASTA China Summit 2017, providing quality air service for all the American travel agents attending the summit.

Source: Guiyang Tourism Development Committee

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Seven HKTDC Autumn Fairs Attract 190,000+ Buyers, Overseas Visitors Spent Over HK$1 billion in Hong Kong
 
Nov 18, 2017
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15 November 2017 – Seven trade fairs organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in October and November attracted a total of more than 9,500 exhibitors, and welcomed over 190,000 buyers from 176 countries and regions. The attendance figures is similar to last year’s. The seven fairs were: the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), the Hong Kong Optical Fair, and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which were held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC); as well as the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, and Eco Expo Asia, held at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

Increase in overseas exhibitors and buyers
International trade fairs attract many business visitors with high consumption power to Hong Kong. The seven autumn fairs drew more than 7,000 Chinese mainland and overseas exhibitors (up six per cent over last year), and about 120,000 mainland and overseas buyers (up three per cent) to Hong Kong. Buyer attendance from a number of countries and regions, including the Chinese mainland, India, Korea and Thailand, recorded satisfactory growth. According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, per-capita spending of overnight MICE visitors was HK$7,700, which includes fees for hotel accommodation, shopping, food and beverage, local transport and sightseeing (excluding cross-border transport). HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: “Based on this figure, the total amount spent by Chinese mainland and overseas exhibitors and buyers during their stay in Hong Kong would amount to more than HK$1 billion, a significant source of income for the tourism industry. In addition, the fairs also brought in substantial orders for local exhibitors, resulting in a major driving force for the development of local industries.”

Industry optimistic about sales growth next year
The HKTDC commissioned an independent survey about market prospects and product trends to gauge the views of more than 1,600 exhibitors and buyers at the autumn Electronics Fair, Lighting Fair and the Outdoor and Tech Light Expo. The survey found that more than half of the respondents (51%) expected overall sales to grow next year, while 43 per cent expected it to remain unchanged. A majority of respondents saw Taiwan (84%) and Japan (79%) with the most growth potential among traditional markets in the next two years, while 78 per cent and 77 per cent of respondents considered North America and Western Europe to be promising or very promising, respectively. For emerging markets, respondents were optimistic about the Chinese mainland (92%) and ASEAN (89%) markets. Most respondents considered the business challenge this year to be rising operating costs (45%), followed by price fluctuations in raw materials (41%), and keen competition within the industry (33%). Twenty-seven per cent of respondents were concerned about fluctuations in the global economy.

More respondents optimistic about wearable electronics
Innovative technology is critical to the success of the electronics industry. A survey at the autumn Electronics Fair polled industry views on three types of emerging technology products. Ninety-one per cent of respondents said that the prospect of wearable electronics in the next two years are promising or very promising, up 15 percentage points over last year’s survey. Eighty-one per cent of respondents held positive expectations on AR and VR applications in the next two years, while 70 per cent were optimistic about robotic applications. Among wearable electronics items, most respondents expected smart watches (60%) to have the greatest market potential, up 21 percentage points over last year, followed by smart wristbands (45%), up seven percentage points over last year. Among robotic applications, respondents believed products with the greatest market potential were entertainment devices (51%), followed by robots for retail services (36%), and home appliances (35%).

For the lighting industry, respondents were most optimistic about household lighting (29%), LED and green lighting (24%), and commercial lighting (16%). However, the industry expects both the retail price and ex-factory price of LED lamps to drop by eight per cent within the year. Ninety-three per cent of respondents believed smart city and smart home development would spur growth in the lighting industry in the next two years, up nine percentage points over last year. For related products, most respondents were optimistic about household lighting systems that are compatible with, or can be controlled by smartphone or tablet applications (53%), as well as smart lighting systems primarily with energy-saving purpose (40%).

Small quantity orders match global market demand
The survey also found that 56 per cent of respondents engaged in e-tailing, an increase of 29 percentage points over last year. Seventy-seven per cent of buyers sourced less than 300 pieces of each item. In view of the keen demand for small orders, the hktdc.com Small Orders concept was introduced in 2012. The hktdc.com Small Orders zones at the autumn Electronics Fair and Lighting Fair featured close to 500 showcases for buyers to source in minimum quantities of between five and 1,000 pieces, generating more than 30,000 business connections. To further support Hong Kong companies in exploring global e-tailing opportunities, the HKTDC launched the hktdc.com Small Orders online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com/) in 2014, enabling more than 11,000 suppliers to feature over 120,000 products, generating a total of more than 2.5 million business connections to date.

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Billy Ng
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CONVERGENCE: Golden Pin unveils spectacular key visual for 2017 Grand Ceremony
 
Nov 18, 2017
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TAIPEI --( ASIA TODAY )-- This December 7th, the world’s most prestigious huaren design event, and the biggest moment of the year for Taiwan’s design industry, the Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Grand Ceremony takes place in Taipei. You can watch the whole event, live streaming on the Golden Pin Facebook page from 6.30pm (GMT+8).

Golden Pin Design Award Group is proud to announce, Taiwan’s leading motion design company — Bito Studio creates the key visual and video for the 2017 Grand Ceremony. Unveiled today, “Hui” (Convergence) is the concept behind Bito’s spectacular key visual of the event, placing Taiwan at the convergence between East and West. An abstract sense of ebb and flow in the image represents the liquid nature of creativity and design.

The Director of Bito, Keng-Ming Liu relates the East to water in the “Hui” (Convergence) key visual. Abstract lines in the image depict the convergence of many turbulent rivers at one point. The rivers represent streams of design coming from all over Asia, and converging at the center in Taiwan. Liu sees Taiwan’s Golden Pin Design Award as a stage for Asian designers to showcase their talent, from East to West.

Bito’s video for the 2016 Golden Pin Design Award won the ADC Design Award. Bito Studio also created the action-packed promotional video for Taipei Universiade 2017, which is critically acclaimed for its massive impact on public opinion in Taiwan, during the run up to the international university sports competition.

It took Bito six months to perfect the whole experience of the 2017 Grand Ceremony. As opposed to most ceremonial events where you passively watch presentations on stage, Liu says interaction is key to his vision. An interactive installation will greet the Best Design winners onto the stage as they receive their awards.

Tune-in this December 7th for the Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Grand Ceremony, live streaming on the Golden Pin Facebook page from 6.30pm (GMT+8).

During the halftime break, Taiwanese digital media group Tripper showcases a live 3D projection mapping performance. The group is renowned for its live shows on behalf of major fashion labels, such as Gucci, Nike, and Adidas, plus automotive brands, VW, Ford, Mitsubishi, and Volvo.

Taiwanese television celebrity, Mickey Huang (黃子佼) returns to host the event for a second year. He also hosted the Golden Bell Awards, Golden Melody Awards, Golden Horse Awards, and KKBOX Digital Music Awards. Huang is a dedicated follower of design, having hosted a BLTV television show about design.

About the Golden Pin Design Award Group

The annual Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running international design award that celebrates products or projects expressly created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, offering entrants an unprecedented opportunity to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market.

The Golden Pin Award Group is comprised of two international awards — the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award — and the Young Pin Design Award for students in Taiwan. The Golden Pin Design Award Group is executed by the Taiwan Design Center and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity.

For more insight into what it means to design for huaren communities, visit:http://designperspectives.org/

International Media Enquiries
Daniel Cunningham
International Project & PR Marketing Manager, DDG
daniel.cunningham@ddg.com.tw
+886 2 23117007 x 402

Award Enquiries
Janice Cheng
Golden Pin Design Award Team
janice_cheng@tdc.org.tw
+886 2 2745 8199 x 335

Award Enquiries
Ruby Chou
Golden Pin Concept Design Award Team
gpconcept@tdc.org.tw
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Evolving Chinese automotive sector represented by strong Electronics & Systems display at Automechanika Shanghai 2017
 
Nov 18, 2017
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SHANGHAI --( ASIA TODAY )-- The key word surrounding China’s Electronics & Systems sector ahead of this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai is opportunity. Given the rising interest in new energy vehicles, connected mobility, autonomous driving and related technologies, many international automotive markets are turning to China and its surrounding Asian regions to explore the myriad of opportunities presented in these thriving sectors. Now more than ever, the ‘digitalisation trend’ has an extremely strong foothold in the global auto sector, and this is considered the future of the industry in Asia too. With less than a month to go until Automechanika opens its doors to over 130,000 visitors and 6,051 exhibitors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, the industry is preparing to explore a gathering of ‘tomorrow’ solutions in what is anticipated to be the most advanced edition yet.

Many of the opportunities in this sector will be most prevalent at the show’s E-mobility and Infrastructure Zone and across the Electronics & Systems sector which, thanks to growing interest from visitors and exhibitors alike, will have a significantly bigger participation this year. These areas will gather over 1,200 exhibitors from around the world to discuss the most recent advancements ranging from new energy cars, electric motors, connected cars, car safety, engine electronics, electrical systems, to comfort electronics, and much more. Additionally throughout the entire fair, visitors will be able to explore the crossover of these technologies into various other automotive sectors, including Parts & Components, Repair & Maintenance, and Accessories & Customising.

On top of these dedicated areas, some of the world’s biggest players are also expected to introduce their own developments in electronics and systems to the Chinese market at the show. One such exhibitor is ZF Aftermarket, one of the world’s biggest players in the aftermarket sector.

The company recently implemented a ‘Vision Zero’ strategy, whereby the company’s goal is to achieve zero emissions and zero accidents for all of their vehicles. ZF also has an automotive connectivity solution called Openmatics, which can provide asset telematics, tracking, diagnostics and engineering to improve transparency and fuel efficiency. Mr Ganesh Rajagopalan, Head of ZF Aftermarket’s IAM in China and Hong Kong, says this solution will be demonstrated to visitors at Automechanika Shanghai, and also believes there is untapped potential for the aftermarket sector in particular to explore in Asia.

“In terms of the Chinese and Asian markets, we consider this region to not only be a challenge, but also an opportunity that we cannot let slip. Our work on Vision Zero and Openmatics are examples of how the market here can work towards more advanced products, whilst at the same time ensuring the safety of the people and the planet.”

“Our presence at Automechanika Shanghai will be significantly bigger than what it was last year, which makes sense considering how much vehicle usage and the average vehicle age are both growing. We definitely consider China and Asia as a hotbed for growth in connected mobility,” Mr Rajagopalan added. During the show, the company will also be presenting products from its various aftermarket brands such as Sachs, Lemförder, TRW and Openmatics.

ZF will join the likes of Adayo, Asia-Pacific Electrical Group, CRRC, HSAE, Jing-Jin Electric, Mobiletron, TEN-D Energies, Tieliu Clutch, Vie, and many more at the show, each of whom will be looking to tap into the region’s growing interest in advanced electronics and systems. Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, says: “Automechanika Shanghai compliments the evolving world of electronics and systems, shown through the impressive exhibitor line-up and visitors’ strong desire to source new energy vehicle advancements. This is something the entire industry can capitalise on at the show, because it can be applied to multiple sectors – repair, maintenance, accessories, customisation, parts, components, and more.”

Multiple fringe events and Connected Mobility Conference compliment the trends in autonomous driving

With the theme of ‘Accelerating the Race to Autonomous Driving’, this year’s Connected Mobility Conference is one of the many highly anticipated fringe programme events during Automechanika Shanghai. Confirmed include the steps to succeed in autonomous driving, the technological challenges, applications, standardisation, and the future of the industry. Confirmed speakers include representatives from numerous industry leaders, including Chery Automotive, Qoros, and Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Unit. Dr Wayne Loh is the Assistant President and Executive Director for the Product Technical Center at Chery Automotive, and will be a keynote speaker at the conference. He says that when discussing the ‘race’ towards autonomous driving, there are two big opportunities for manufacturers working in the Chinese market.

“Firstly, for almost every company looking to help achieve this goal in China, safety is still the number one priority,” he says. “For example, intelligent assistant systems are a very helpful addition and a step towards being fully autonomous, but the technology has not yet reached the point where it is fully reliable.”

“In terms of Chery’s own developments, we’ve upped our efforts to incorporate more advanced voice recognition systems so the driver can multi-task without being distracted, and without having to take their eyes off the road. The majority of accidents happen in that millisecond when drivers are trying to find the right direction or look at something on their dashboard.”

Dr Loh says that opportunity number two comes when you look at cars becoming fully autonomous without any human interaction whatsoever: “There are many efforts being made to improve the traffic systems in China, in the hope that cars will one day completely drive themselves. In theory, this could help reduce the number of accidents if the infrastructure is there.”

“We consider this an opportunity because from a car manufacturer’s perspective, it’s important to always keep improving on technologies and staying ahead of the trend. In fact, we recently collaborated with the Autonomous Driving Unit at Baidu, which saw the creation of 20 electric vehicle prototypes capable of being completely autonomous,” Dr Loh added.

Meanwhile, a total of 57 fringe events have been scheduled during the course of Automechanika Shanghai, covering multiple industry sectors. This includes the AIAG Auto Parts Purchasing Leadership and Suppliers Summit, co-organised with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AAIG). Here, many purchasing executives from the world’s leading automotive firms will gather to discuss their sourcing strategy, needs, and supply chain developments to auto suppliers in Asia and China. Speakers include Mr Robyn Garfield, Commercial Officer, US Consulate General Shanghai, Mr Joe Smyth, Purchasing Vice President of Ford Asia Pacific, Mr Sean Lian, Director of Global Purchasing Supply Chain, GM China, Mr Kegel Stefan, Purchasing Vice President, Bosch Asia Pacific, and many more.

The fringe programme this year also includes the China Auto Technology Achievement Transformation & Investment Forum, jointly organised by Automechanika Shanghai and the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC). This forum will focus on the automotive industry‘s hottest topics across electric vehicles, automation, intelligent systems and connected mobility. It will also look into solutions for commercialising academic collaborations, and will discuss how electronic product development can contribute to the connectivity sector’s success.

Also scheduled is The 3rd Summit: Merger and Acquisition Strategies for Chinese Automotive Corporations in the Overseas Markets, which will focus on communication strategies between domestic and foreign governments, industry organisations and associated cooperations. It will also explore the numerous challenges and opportunities for foreign investment, partnerships and developments under the ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative.

Elsewhere is the AUTOHAUS China 8th International Dealer Summit 2017, which will primarily focus on new policies and technologies in after-sales service and in the second-hand car market. The speakers will cover a range of topics including the revolution of new technology and consumerism, dealer opportunities and challenges under the trends of new energy vehicles, driverless technology and sharing economy aftermarket. As for the topics related to the Repair & Maintenance sector, the China Collision Industry Summit will cover a wide range of subjects for the collision sector, such as insurance and financing, new repair technologies, and training and education, in a bid to promote the sector’s development and cross-industry collaboration.

For more information about the show, please visitwww.automechanika-shanghai.com or contact Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, +852 2802 7728 auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com

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Bunker Fuel Regulations a Central Topic at Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference Bahrain
 
Nov 17, 2017
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With the deadline looming for the implementation of the bunker fuel regulations in 2020, it is not surprising that this will be the dominating subject for discussion at Euro Petroleum Consultants’ upcoming BBTC MENA 2017 – Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference taking place on 4-5 December in Bahrain.

The result of the International Maritime Organisation’s MARPOL VI means that the refining industry will need to convert around 150mte of residue to 0.50 mass % sulphur, therefore, having a massive impact on refinery configuration and operations.

“Whilst any regulatory compliance always provides challenges, it can also offer many opportunities such as driving future investments, projects and technological advances” explains Colin Chapman president of Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC), the organisers of the event. “Our esteemed panellists and speakers at the conference will be discussing the challenges and opportunities including the potential international and regional impact on margins and crude prices”.

BBTC – Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference, first established by EPC 17 years ago, continues to be the only event that focuses on technologies, project trends, catalysts and equipment innovations for residue upgrading in refineries around the world. The Middle East edition is taking place under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, with the support of the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) and Bapco as Principal Sponsor.

“We have all the key players from the region confirmed to participate and the event will provide an unrivalled platform for refining specialists, technical advisors, licensors, contractors and service providers for knowledge sharing, networking and planning for the future of our industry” added Mr Chapman.

For more information, please visitwww.bbtc-mena.biz or email the organisers at office@europetro-me.com

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About the Organiser

Euro Petroleum Consultants [EPC] is an independent specialist consultancy and events organisation focusing on strategic and technical issues in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry. Formed in 1996, headquartered in London and with offices in Dubai, Moscow, Sofia and Kuala Lumpur, our in-depth knowledge of the industry, enhanced by acting as Client Project Engineer (CPE) for oil, gas and petrochemical producers, combined with extensive technical and commercial experience, enables us to guarantee all our consulting projects and events are delivered to the very highest standards.

For further information please contact the EPC Marketing Team at: office@europetro-me.com

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PaintExpo Headed for Record-Breaking Numbers
 
Nov 17, 2017
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7th World’s Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Coating Technology from 17 to 20 April 2018 in Karlsruhe (Germany)

Oberboihingen --( ASIA TODAY )-- Where painting and coating processes are concerned, coating job-shops and companies with in-house painting operations around the world are facing the challenge of reducing costs, and at the same time enhancing the quality, the productivity, the flexibility and the sustainability of the painting process. Appropriate solutions will be presented at PaintExpo, whose exhibitor list already includes roughly 450 companies five months before the event opens (status as of 10 November 2017). The exhibition programme at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from 17 through 20 April 2018 ranges from pre-treatment right on up to quality control and packaging.

Whether industrial manufacturing or the production of consumer goods is involved, industrial coating technology plays a decisive role as a key technology. Depending on the product and the task at hand, various functional and decorative requirements need to be fulfilled. Regardless of whether metals, plastics, wood and wooden materials, glass or composites have to be coated, demands placed upon quality and individuality are increasing continuously around the globe. And cost pressure is increasing at the same time. The competitiveness of coating operations will depend to a great extent on whether or not they succeed in painting at even higher levels of quality, and at the same time more flexibly, more ecologically and more economically, as well is in a more resource-conserving manner. PaintExpo, taking place at the Karlsruhe exhibition Centre from 17 to 20 April 2018, will present offerings to this end which are unparalleled anywhere else around the world. 450 companies have already made firm bookings for their booths, including all of the market and technology leaders. “Renowned companies who haven’t previously exhibited have also registered for the upcoming PaintExpo. And thus it’s already plainly apparent today that we’ll present the visitors with the world’s most up-to-date and comprehensive offerings for industrial coating technology, and thus for dealing with the challenges they’re faced with”, reports Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH.

Solutions Ranging from Pre-Treatment right on up to Final Inspection
Whether liquid painting, powder coating or coil coating is required, the exhibition program of the world’s leading trade fair covers the entire process sequence for industrial coating technology. Amongst other things, developments for the treatment of multi-metal substrates will be presented in the field of pre-treatment in addition to wet chemical processes such as iron and zinc phosphatising, as well as nano-ceramic systems. Due to their space-saving and resource-conserving modes of operation, as well as their ability to be integrated inline, dry pre-treatment processes like CO2 snow-jet and plasma cleaning are becoming more and more significant.

The trend towards ever smaller manufacturing lots, a growing multitude of colours and increasing individualization is being responded to by the manufacturers with system and optimisation concepts which are consistently laid out for flexibility and efficiency, and assure ideal coating quality. Innovative masking solutions are also generating savings. Painting robots and automation solutions which have been specially developed for the coating industry, as well as spray guns and high-speed rotary atomisers laid out for maximised efficiency, permit targeted application and reduced scrap, and thus cost reductions too. A further approach to reducing material consumption and increasing flexibility involves intelligent paint logistics with flexible paint feeding systems. Where efficient overspray scrubbing is concerned, demand is continuously increasing for dry scrubbing systems. New, optimised drying technologies and conveyor systems are making a contribution to reduced energy consumption, and thus to lower unit costs as well. They’re laid out to minimise the loss of conditioned air and heat.

In the field of liquid painting, the trend continues towards painting systems which permit a reduction in the number of required painting steps. Efforts to replace solvent-based paints with water-based systems also continue uninterruptedly. In the field of powder coating, low-temperature, thin-film and so-called “powder-in-powder” coating systems are promoting reduced consumption of energy and materials, as well as increased productivity.

Info Box
The 7th world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 17th through 20th of April, 2018. PaintExpo’s exhibition programme covers coating equipment for liquid, powder, UV, immersion and coil processes, paints and enamels for all processes, application systems and spray guns, automation and conveyor technology, cleaning and pre-treatment, drying and curing, environmental technology, pneumatics, compressed air supply and exhaust purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal, accessories, masking, measuring and test technology, quality assurance, identification, paint stripping, job-shop coating, services and technical literature.

Further information and a preliminary exhibitor list can be accessed at www.paintexpo.de.

Contact persons for editors, and for requesting image files:

SCHULZ. PRESSE. TEXT, Doris Schulz, (journalist DJV),
Landhausstr. 12, D-70825 Korntal, Germany, phone: +49 (0)711 854085, ds@pressetextschulz.de,www.schulzpressetext.de

FairFair GmbH, Jürgen Haußmann, Max-Eyth-Str. 19, D-72644 Oberboihingen, Germany, phone :+49 (0)7022 6025510, info@paintexpo.de,www.paintexpo.de

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Fashion Hong Kong Returns to Tokyo Fashion Week
 
Nov 15, 2017
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Hong Kong Designers Showcase Spring/Summer 2018 Collections

14 November 2017 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), four Hong Kong fashion brands hit the runway in Tokyo, with support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo. As part of the 20th anniversary celebratory events for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Fashion Hong Kong Month series, which coincided with Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO Spring/Summer 2018 (16-22 October), unveiled the latest fashion from Hong Kong through a series of fresh initiatives throughout October. The event drew fashion experts, buyers, journalists, bloggers and celebrities, as well as the online fashion crowd to view the latest designs of some of Hong Kong’s hottest designers.

Fashion Hong Kong Month
Harrison Wong’s namesake label HARRISON WONG and Polly Ho’s LOOM LOOP returned to the Fashion Hong Kong runway show in Tokyo, which was held on 17 October. Two other brands, MEIKING NG by Meiking Ng and HEAVEN PLEASE+ by design duo Yi Chan and Lary Cheung, made their debut at the runway show. Staged at the retail skyscraper complex Shibuya Hikarie, the show unveiled the latest Hong Kong designs to an audience of fashion lovers, movers and shakers, buyers, local fashion bloggers, celebrities, as well as representatives from the international fashion media, including Vogue Talent, WWD Japan, Fashionsnap.com, gapPRESS.

The collections highlighted Hong Kong’s design diversity. More than 900 attendees got an up-close look of fashion-forward styles, from LOOM LOOP’s eco-initiatives and Chinese folklore motifs with a fancy twist, to MEIKING NG’s cubic art-meets-architectural cut, and HARRISON WONG’s brilliant interplay of lines and stripes, to HEAVEN PLEASE+’s revisit of inventive visuals and ‘90s subculture. A livestream of the show, organised by the HKTDC and media partner Fashionsnap on its official Periscope, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platform, drew more than 10,000 views. Hong Kong online fashion retail start-up, Goxip also live-streamed the show via its official Facebook account. The collaboration allowed fashion lovers from around the world to purchase items soon after the show.

More than 200 industry elites attended an after-show party to have a closer look of the runway designs and mingle with the creative minds behind the collections.

Buyers-Meet-Designers at Fashion Hong Kong Showroom
Numerous fashion buyers from around the globe visited the Fashion Hong Kong B2B Showroom at H3O Showroom. To match prospective business partners and counterparts, business-matching meetings were arranged between Hong Kong designers and buyers from renowned department stores and e-tailing platforms. On-site orders were placed by local fashion buyers.

Apart from the four runway designer brands, 10 other Hong Kong fashion accessory labels were also showcased around Tokyo during Fashion Hong Kong Month. The lineup included a o g p, BIG HORN, CECILIA MA, FAVEbykennyli, IIJIN, MARIJOLI, MASE, methodology, MIDOTI by SHARON5 and NOVEL. Their Fall/Winter 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018 collections were sold at pop-up stores in destination Tokyo and LaForet Harajuku.

Blending fashion and technology, Fashion Hong Kong partnered with local fashion tech start-up, Casetify to present a Fashion Hong Kong x Casetify crossover phone-case collection. Featuring motifs and patterns from the four designers’ runway series, the phone cases were available for print on-demand, allowing trendsetters to carry Hong Kong fashion designs on accessories.

Extra Delight by Local Young Talent
Another fashion show, Asia Fashion Collection, held on 15 October in Tokyo, showcased the latest SS18 collections of KA WA KEY, by up-and-coming Hong Kong designer Key Chow, alongside other designs from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

For three consecutive years, the HKTDC has exhibited the strengths of Hong Kong fashion design via Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO. To nurture Hong Kong’s economy and creativity, Fashion Hong Kong, launched by the HKTDC in 2015, aims to promote local designers and labels to the global fashion stage through a host of promotions. Various world-class runway shows initiated by Fashion Hong Kong have been staged in Tokyo Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Fashion Hong Kong Official Webpage:www.fashionhongkong.com
Fashion Hong Kong Official Instagram:@hktdcfashionhk

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Agnes Wat
Tel: (852) 2584 4554
Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org

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