January start for expo site

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 September, 2005, 12:00am

The AsiaWorld-Expo at Chek Lap Kok will open in January, just as the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Building in Wan Chai undergoes renovations to expand its atrium.

A Hong Kong Spring Fair, operated by Kenfair International (Holdings), which stages a major toy and gift show at the Wan Chai venue each October, will be the debut trade fair at the new venue.

The Chek Lap Kok facility, which will be served by the MTR Airport Express and ferry routes and is adjacent to the airport, has two main halls with a combined gross floor area of about 21,000 square metres. That is sufficient space for 1,000 exhibitor booths.

The two halls will host the Hong Kong International Jewellery & Watch Show in January.

B. K. Chow, a director of organiser World Trade Fair, said about 3,300 buyers and more than 240 exhibitors had pre-registered for the jewellery fair, which is a trade-only event.

Between 400 and 450 companies are expected to sign up for the show.

'From my own experience and surveys, I have found that 80 per cent to 85 per cent of exhibitors at these fairs are not keen on doing business with consumers and the public,' Mr Chow said.