The safety of exhibitors and buyers has always been a priority for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Considering the current development of the novel coronavirus outbreak, and in line with the health measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government, a decision has been made in consultation with industry representatives to reschedule nine HKTDC trade fairs originally during April and May 2020.
So now nine shows will be held concurrently from 25 to 28 July 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. These are :
- HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition)
- HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)
- HKTDC International ICT Expo
- HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair
- HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair
- HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week
- HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair
- Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair
- Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair
With these nine concurrent fairs, the HKTDC will organise a Summer Sourcing Week from 25 to 28 July. Featuring nine fairs located at the same venue, it will provide a one-stop cross-industry platform for global buyers to replenish their stocks. Additionally, HKTDC is looking into O2O business-matching services at its fairs so that overseas buyers who cannot come to Hong Kong can locate target exhibitors in advance. Video conferences will be arranged between buyers and exhibitors to discuss business deals.
Globally banqueting is going to face huge challenges once COVID-19 pandemic gets under control. Keeping this in view JW Marriott Hotel Pune has taken some great initiatives. "The whole concept of banqueting is going to change as Social Distancing will be the need of the hour and we will be one of the few hotels well prepared for that. While working in concurrence with the guidelines laid by the local authorities we have reworked on the seating capacity of our meeting rooms and ballrooms to reflect Social Distancing," said Girish Sehgal, General Manager, JW Marriott Hotel Pune. All the MICE venues have been restyled into numerous seating arrangements.
Meeting Room Setup
- Cluster Style Seating - 16 Guests
- Theatre Style Seating - 36 Guests
- Classroom Style Seating - 12 Guests
One Part of Ballroom Setup
- Cluster Style Seating - 48 Guests
- Theater Style Seating - 100 Guests
- Classroom Style Seating - 24 Guests
Arabian Travel Market (ATM), one of the leading travel shows organised by Reed Exhibitions have decided to postpone the show in light of the changing global situation relating to the COVID-19 virus. Their press release stated, "We have continued to monitor the impact it is having not just on our industry, but on society in general. Many meetings took place with the Dubai World Trade Centre and we reviewed other options to organise an event in the last quarter. However, after consultation with our key stakeholders and after listening to our industry, ultimately it became apparent that the best course of action, and with everyone’s best interests in mind, is to postpone the event to 2021."
The release further added that “We appreciate that this is disappointing news, however everyone’s health and safety is our top priority. We are fully aware of the important role that ATM plays for industry professionals right across the Middle East region and beyond, and we believe it is our responsibility to deliver a safe and successful event when we are able to do so.”
ATM will now be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 16-19 May 2021, following the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr celebrations. But plans are afoot to run an ATM Virtual Event from 1-3 June 2020. It will have webinars, live conference sessions, speed networking events, one-on-one meetings.