Hong Kong, 26th July: The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) has released the results of its annual exhibition survey for 2018. A total of 138 exhibitions (with a minimum gross size of 2,000 m2 of larger) were held in 2018 in Hong Kong. 88 were classified as “trade” and “trade and consumer” exhibitions. The remaining 50 exhibitions were purely “consumer” exhibitions, which were not included in the survey results.
A total of 78 respondents participated in the survey. The total number of companies exhibiting at those exhibitions was over 69,000, down 3.9% year-on-year. According to the survey, the exhibiting companies from Hong Kong, Mainland China and International all fell by single digits, while exhibitors from across Asia rose by 11.7%.
In terms of visitors, more than 2.3 million visitors participated in those exhibitions, a decrease of 1.7% compared with the previous year. All regions recorded decreases in visitor numbers, however, visitors from Mainland China posted a slight increase of just 0.3%.
Chairman of the HKECIA, Stuart Bailey, stated, “Hong Kong exhibition industry has a strong foundation. Although economic data and the survey results reflect that the challenges faced by Hong Kong have been increasing, Hong Kong remains a favoured destination for exhibiting companies and visitors alike. The drop-off is in fact less than might have been anticipated.”