Hospitality takes centre stage
The four-in-one sustainable architecture, design, building services and electrical engineering trade show is launching a new section this year called Asian Hospitality Design and Technology.
'It caters to the ever-growing tourism and hospitality industries,' says Daniel Cheung, general manager of the fair organiser, Hong Kong Exhibition Services.
'Travellers are concerned about not only the services that a hotel can provide, but also the design and technology in the hotel that makes a pleasant stay.'
The new section will feature furniture for hotels and restaurants, innovative products for restaurants and bars' interior design and planning, and hotel equipment.
To satisfy market demand, Cheung says advanced LED lighting, smart-home energy systems, mobile car-charging systems and indoor-air-quality (IAQ) solutions will also be revealed.
Meanwhile, in the 15,000-square-metre exhibition hall with 500 exhibiting companies from more than 30 countries and regions, there will be other core sections featuring electrical equipment, management systems and architectural items.
'This year, our exhibits are more dynamic than in previous years,' Cheung says. 'In the past, exhibits were more technically oriented.
'This year, we are having innovative products from new exhibitors, such as architectural furniture, uniforms for armed forces, GreenIce [multifunctional ice rinks of plastic sheets] and for infrared grill tops.'
Asian Elenex will provide a range of products and services for electrical installations, transmission and distribution, energy efficiency and sustainable energy for various budgets and project types.
Asian Building Technologies will introduce efficient, sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to building operations through showcasing building automation and management systems and facility management systems.
Asian Architectural Interiors will showcase building and green architectural materials, lightings, shop fittings, sound and visual equipment to cater to industrial, commercial, indoor and outdoor usage.
To promote sustainable and creative architectural designs, the organiser is working with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects to set up a new Architectural Gallery at the fair. The gallery will be an area for institute members and professionals to display sustainable architectural designs and products.
Gathering green architectural projects from 12 Hong Kong architectural practices on display, it will also serve as an inclusive platform for architects in the region to share ideas. Other value-adding events to provide visitors essential insights are included in the fair.
Architectural Day is an all-inclusive platform for industry professionals and caters to their needs of finding trends, sharing ideas and networking.
The 2012 FAPECA Conference will discuss human-resource issues in the electrical contracting industry; the Architecture and Design Conference is about the future of architecture and design in the urban millennium; and Asian Securitex Conference 2012 will bring insights into global challenges to today's private security.
There will also be a seminar on the sustainability performance of buildings called HKQAA Sustainable Building Index seminar.
X-Square, meanwhile, is an interactive platform for industry professionals and experts to exchange knowledge through seminars, product presentations and demonstrations, and networking events that will be hosted by well-known exhibitors.
Integrate 2012 is a platform for the Asia-Pacific facility management community to network.
Hong Kong Exhibition Services has observed the saturation of the European and United States markets, and predicts an increase in buyers coming to Asia to source products that are 'in quality as good as those from Europe and US, but are more price competitive'.
'Every industry needs closed circuit television, and security solutions providing a secure environment for people is a high concern for every industry and business sector,' says Kevin Cheng, general manager of Powerful Industrial.
Mcfocus, a company that provides sustainable goods, says the bleak economic outlook has contributed to greater demand for its products.
'Because of this, more people will be more aware of our environmental problems and try to look for ways to improve sustainability,' says its managing director, Gary Ng.
A record 12,000 buyers are expected to attend the fair.