Hong Kong, 27th September: Earlier this week, the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) released the results of its annual exhibition survey. A total of 83 exhibition organisers responded including both “trade” and “trade and consumer” event organisers. To quality, the organisers must have hosted an event with a minimum size 2,000 m2 held during the previous year.
According to the survey, the total number of companies exhibiting at events in Hong Kong during 2016 was 68,544 – which represents a 2.3% year-on-year increase. Companies based in Mainland China recorded strong growth – up 12%. In terms of visitors, the total number exceeded 2.2 million which is in-line with the previous year. Visitors from Mainland China, however, increased by nearly 3%.
Chairman of the HKECIA, Mr Stuart Bailey, commented, “Last year was a very challenging one for global trade, so seeing this evidence that Hong Kong continues to draw major local, regional and international companies to exhibit here is very positive news. I find it especially interesting to see the rise in both exhibiting companies and visitors from Mainland China, in an era when many cities in China are actively developing their own exhibition facilities.”
Source: HKCEIA press release