Adult Expo too sexy for HK, claims organiser
A year has gone by but the Asia Adult Expo is still no nearer to being given a slot at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The fifth Asia Adult Expo, along with the first Intimate Lingerie Asia, will be staged from August 17 to 19 at Hall D in the Venetian in Macau.
This is the same venue as last year, when the event's organisers accused the convention centre of double standards.
Vertical Expo Services, the fair's organiser, said that while under-18s were allowed to attend events at which scantily clad 'pseudo models' appeared, the centre turned up its nose at the adult expo, which has an over-18 entry policy. They also said that while the Hong Kong venue would put on 'lame' events such as book fairs, it was afraid to take on adventurous exhibitions.
Convention centre officials had said they would consider the adult expo's application this year, but the show was once again stopped in its tracks. It is a decision that has left the exhibition organiser angry and disappointed.
'The adult expo will launch its first edition in Taiwan this month and last year, its mainland version was established in Shenzhen. Adult expo events are now in China, Taiwan and Macau, and it is only Hong Kong that is missing,' said Wilson Tong, Vertical Expo Services' fairs director. 'It's obvious that the event is of great interest and is expanding.'
Tong said the adult expo in Macau last year had many visitors from Hong Kong, and businesses from more than 30 countries were involved in the show. The event attracted 30,000 visitors, and 40,000 were expected this year.
'If the event is hosted in Hong Kong, we expect at least 50 per cent growth in terms of scale and number of international visitors,' Tong said.
A spokeswoman for the convention centre said more than 1,200 events, including 100 exhibitions, were held yearly, with five or six events staged per day. 'During exhibition peak seasons, the venue is already very packed,' she said.
'With the shortage of space and so many other factors to assess, the Asia Adult Expo is one among many that HKCEC is not able to accommodate at this moment.
'We will continue to be in close contact with the event organiser to explore opportunities for bringing new events to Hong Kong.'
The share of the world's adult products that originate in Asia, according to the expo organiser, Vertical Expo Services