Attendance at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair totaled 24,838 from 105 countries and regions who viewed 2,286 exhibitors from 45 countries and regions. The fair, which was held June 25 – 28, took place in more than 70,000 square meters of exhibition space at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The number of exhibitors is up 20 percent compared to last year. The 28th edition of the fair featured new pavilions, including the Fashion Jewellery Pavilion, the Stainless Steel Jewellery Pavilion and the Designer Arena. The Diamond Pavilion and the Gemstone Pavilion had more than 480 diamantaires and 500 gemstones suppliers.
“The June Fair diversified its product offerings by adding new pavilions. There was positive feedback on the new pavilions and the international profile of exhibitors,” said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia.
Mainland China, a key driver in the world’s jewelry market, accounted for 36 percent of the total number of visitors. The Top 10 sources of visitors from outside Hong Kong and mainland China were: India, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Singapore, Korea, Australia and Indonesia. Overall, the Top 10 visiting countries accounted for 19 percent of the total number of visitors.
Other highlights of the fair include:
* The press conference announcing the finalists for the JNA Awards 2015. The annual awards honors companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in the jewelry and gemstone industry, with a focus on their accomplishments in the Asian region.
* The 55th Paspaley Pearl Auction.
* Diamond auction by Alrosa Group, Russia's the leading diamond mining company
* Seminars conducted by leading international jewelry organizations and companies included Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory, the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong and GRS Lab (HK) Limited.
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