The HKTDC has issued a statement detailing initiatives it has put in place to support attendees.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has confirmed that the 2020 Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair will take place from 6th-9th January as planned, with enhanced support to assist visitors to move safely from the airport to the venue and local hotels. It has issued a statement which reads as follows:
Over the years the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has supported traders from around the world to source and make business connections via the HKTDC trade fair platform. Even amidst the recent public incidents in Hong Kong, our trade fairs and events have been proceeding as planned and are welcoming worldwide buyers and exhibitors with business as usual.
The safety of buyers and exhibitors is our top priority. We have been coordinating with various parties to make sure security measures are in place to respond to different situations. We are also stepping up our efforts to enhance buyer-exhibitor connections at the fairground through matching services and help them explore new business opportunities. Key initiatives include:
- HKTDC Service Counters at Buffer Halls of the Hong Kong International Airport with service ambassadors to provide event participants with the latest transportation information upon arrival
- Free shuttle buses on stand-by to take event participants between the event venue, the airport and hotels
- On-call assistance by HKTDC staff to exhibitors and buyers via hotline/mobile phone
- Important notifications and news updates via official fair websites, mobile app and social media channels
- Enhanced fairground security to ensure the fairs are held in a safe environment
- Resting area and exhibits storeroom ready for contingency
In addition, buyer promotion activity has been enhanced with extended incentive schemes, including additional efforts to secure buying missions from mature and emerging markets and incentive schemes to reduce buyers’ travelling and business costs.
Business matching services will also be extended, including buyer concierge desks to provide free, onsite business matching services; guided tours at the show to enhance buyer-exhibitor connectivity and buyer and exhibitor e-badges with an e-business card function for hassle-free follow up business discussions.
Following Friday’s Blog which focused on the situation in Hong Kong, Lissi Dolls owner Carsten Martin posted the following message on LinkedIn: “Thanks to John Baulch who addressed some worries our customers might have regarding the January visit in Hong Kong. I just want to give a quick update. While it was a difficult situation especially in Science Museum Road things seem to return to normal. While a small part of Science Museum going to PolyU is still closed the rest of TST is accessible and safe. If there are any questions, I and all my colleagues in the toy business living in HK are happy to give you an update anytime.”