The 29th edition of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair opened up on 23rd June 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). By occupying over 70K sq mts of exhibition space, the four-day fair runs until 26 June. The show has a record number of exhibitors in excess of 2,200 companies from 41 countries and regions.
“During an economic slowdown, companies choose to exhibit in reputable trade events that attract quality buyers. This edition of the June Fair is seeing many repeat exhibitors. This shows the June Fair offers genuine benefits to them,” said Celine Lau, director of jewellery fairs at UBM Asia.
The Fair features 16 specialty themed pavilions so that buyers can source products with ease. One of the major highlights is the Diamond Pavilion, one of the largest diamond pavilions in the world, which houses about 500 local and overseas diamantaires. The Gemstone Pavilion meanwhile features over 500 international gemstone suppliers.
Ms Lau added that the top 10 sources of pre-registered visitors are: Hong Kong, mainland China, India, Taiwan, the United States, the Philippines, Australia, Japan, Korea and Thailand, the top 10 account for 86% of the total pre-registered visitors. “Furthermore, we are also glad to welcome buyer delegations from mainland China, Iran, Israel, Russia and Vietnam to our Fair. 16 groups of delegations from China participate. The potential of emerging market is remarkable,” she said.
The June Fair also offers participants a number of learning opportunities. GRS Lab and the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong will host seminars on timely industry topics. On 25 June, the GRS Lab will discuss their new book titled “Pigeon Blood Valley” and share the latest market intelligence about rubies from the city of Mogok, Myanmar. The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong will discuss the technology for identifying laboratory-grown diamonds.