HONG KONG, April 6 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global Sources (Nasdaq: GSOL) will hold the largest-ever China Sourcing Fairs at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo April 15-18 and April 22-25. The Fairs are the biggest new electronics, components, gifts, home products and fashion accessories trade shows in Hong Kong. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030303/LNM011LOGO-b ) The China Sourcing Fairs are also the largest shows yet at Hong Kong's new 70,000 square-meter, state-of-the-art AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition center.
-- Electronics & Components -- Hong Kong's most comprehensive electronics and components show featuring over 1,700 booths of new suppliers from Greater China. April 15-18. -- Fashion Accessories -- Hong Kong's first-ever specialized fashion accessories trade fair, showcasing the region's latest designs and with over 500 booths. April 15-18. -- Gifts & Home Products -- Featuring over 3,600 booths and more than 1,200 mainland China suppliers filling all 10 halls of the venue. Koelnmesse's Practical World Hong Kong -- co-located with the Gifts & Home Products show -- will feature a range of hardware and do-it-yourself products. April 22-25.
Chairman and CEO of Global Sources, Merle A. Hinrichs, said: ''With over 3,600 booths, our Gifts & Home Products show, to our knowledge, is the biggest-ever, first-time export trade show to be held in Hong Kong. ''The tremendous number of new suppliers from mainland China and across Asia will give international buyers even more reason to come to Hong Kong.''
Tens of thousands of buyers expected to attend Tens of thousands of buyers have pre-registered to attend the Fairs -- among them representatives from IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer and Coles Myer, Australia's largest retailer.
Agentrics members with US$1 trillion in retail sales to participate Agentrics, an organization representing 50 global retailers with US$1 trillion in annual sales, will also participate in the China Sourcing Fairs. Member companies include Carrefour, the second-largest retailer in the world, Sears, the third-largest retailer in the US, and Metro, Germany's largest retailer. Agentrics' Executive Chairman, Christopher Sellers, said: ''This location and the timing of the China Sourcing Fairs offer definite advantages to Agentrics members. ''The number of new suppliers exhibiting is of great interest to buyers from our member companies who will participate. Besides visiting exhibitors, they will participate in Vendor Summits and Private Buyer Meetings.'' One buyer, General Manager of Mueller Electric China, Richard Bao, said: ''The China Sourcing Fairs are perfectly located and timed during the key April and October buying seasons. We can meet many new mainland China suppliers right here in Hong Kong. Plus, the venue is right beside the airport.''
Strong exhibitor presence from Greater China and throughout Asia Suppliers are from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and India. To help buyers spot product trends, each trade show will feature a New Product Gallery showcasing the latest designs from Greater China and Asia. One supplier who exhibited at the China Sourcing Fairs in Shanghai, Yang Guohe, President of International Business Division of Konka Group, said: ''This will be our first time to exhibit in Hong Kong. We met many quality buyers at the China Sourcing Fairs in Shanghai. Now that the Fairs are in Hong Kong, we expect even better results.'' Chief Executive Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, Nicolas Borit, said: ''With the first series of China Sourcing Fairs, which will utilize all our facilities at AsiaWorld-Expo in April, we are delighted and ready to welcome all trade buyers and visitors to this largest exhibition and events center in Hong Kong.''
Unique sourcing events and conference programs featured The China Sourcing Fairs offer unique value-added buyer and supplier services, including:
-- Vendor Summits -- unique to China Sourcing Fairs, these allow buyers to introduce their companies and outline their sourcing requirements to exhibitors. -- Private Buyer Meetings create opportunities for pre-selected exhibitors to meet face-to-face with some of the world's top buyers. -- Comprehensive conference programs cover product trends, logistics, marketing and other trade topics.
Buyers including Staples, the world's largest office supply retailer, RadioShack, the number-one electronics chain in the US and El Cortes Ingles, the largest department store chain in Spain will participate in Vendor Summits and Private Buyer Meetings.
China Sourcing Fairs show dates and times Opening hours for the China Sourcing Fairs: Electronics & Components and Fashion Accessories:
-- April 15 - 17: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. -- April 18: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
China Sourcing Fair: Gifts & Home Products and Practical World Hong Kong opening hours:
-- April 22 - 24: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. -- April 25: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Easy access to AsiaWorld-Expo by Airport Express Train, Free Shuttle Buses AsiaWorld-Expo is one minute from Hong Kong Airport and 25 minutes from downtown via the Airport Express Train. Visitors who use an ''Octopus Card'' will enjoy discounted fares for same-day return trips. Global Sources will provide free shuttle bus service to and from the venue from locations throughout Hong Kong. The venue is also easily accessible by public bus, taxi and private car. Buyers wishing to visit the Fairs can find more information, including transportation options, at http://www.chinasourcingfair.com . The China Sourcing Fairs are an important part of Global Sources' sourcing and product information services, which include Global Sources trade magazines, Global Sources Online ( http://www.globalsources.com ) and Global Sources Direct ( http://www.globalsourcesdirect.com ). Further information about Global Sources is available at http://www.corporate.globalsources.com .
About Global Sources Global Sources is a leading business-to-business (B2B) media company and a primary facilitator of two-way trade with Greater China. It provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. The company helps its community of more than 479,000 active buyers to source more profitably from complex, overseas supply markets. With the goal of providing as many effective ways as possible to advertise, market and sell, Global Sources enables suppliers to sell to hard-to-reach buyers in 230 countries. The company offers the most extensive range of media and export marketing services in the industries it serves. Suppliers using its four primary channels -- online marketplaces, magazines, trade shows and direct online sales -- are supported by its advertising creative, education programs and online content management applications. Global Sources delivers information on 1.4 million products and more than 130,000 suppliers annually through 10 leading online marketplaces and monthly magazines, more than 100 sourcing research reports, and 14 China Sourcing Fairs and other trade shows. Buyers send more than 5.8 million inquiries annually to suppliers through Global Sources Online ( http://www.globalsources.com ) alone. Global Sources Direct is the company's new initiative that helps suppliers sell online. In mainland China, Global Sources has a 25-year track record and 1,400 team members in 44 locations. Its services are backed by 35 years experience as a trade magazine publisher, 14 years as an organizer of trade shows, and 10 years as an online marketplace operator.
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