1 March 2001
Trade Fairs Gain Acclaim(HKTDC Packaging, Vol 01,2001)
SIX major trade fairs organized by TDC received international acclaim for quality excellence from UFI, the Union des Foires Internationales (Union of International Trade Fairs), at its Ordinary General Assembly of the 67th UFI Congress in November.
UFI, an important organization for the global trade fair industry, has also granted full membership to TDC. The 67th UFI Congress took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The TDC trade fairs voted as UFI-approved events are: the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair (each January), the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (March), the Hong Kong Gifts & Houseware Fair (April), Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair (September), Hong Kong Electronics Fair (October) and Hong Kong Optical Fair (November).
Each year, these six UFI-approved fairs attract more than 8,500 exhibitors and 160,000 buyers. Half the buyers and many exhibitors come from overseas. In all the respective industries, these trade fairs play a leading role as one-stop sourcing opportunities in Asia.
"UFI exercises strict membership admission criteria. We are very happy our trade fairs were granted the UFI status, which is a label of quality. The granting of UFI membership to TDC means the quality of our trade fairs and the services provided to exhibitors and visitors are at high international standards," says TDC executive director Michael Sze.
Founded in 1925 in Milan, UFI has some 180 members (including fair/exhibition organizers, venue owners and associate members) who regularly arrange 550 UFI-approved exhibitions in 70 countries and 140 cities.
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