With Hong Kong emerging as an important destination for aggressive marketing through medium of trade fairs, the Export Promotion Council form Handicrafts (EPCH) recently set-up India Pavilion at Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair in which 38 Indian handicrafts exporters showcased their innovative and exquisite gifts and premium products, The show was held from 27-30 April, 2018 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong informed Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH.

The India Pavilion was inaugurated by Rajesh Kumar Pippal, Vice Consul, O/o of Consul General of India in Hong Kong on April 27, 2018 and interacted with the participants. Most of the participants were concerned about online visa issue as visas were not successful online to some of the participants in Houseware, Textiles and this show. They required to send some documents to Hong Kong Immigration department if visa online is not successful. They informed the Vice Consul that inspite of sending documents as required, visa has not been granted. The Vice Consul advised the representatives sent by EPCH to manage India pavilion to write to GCI, Hong Kong about visa issue and GCI will be taking up further.

The fair has been recognised as the largest fair of its kind in the world and an effective platform for designers, manufacturers and wholesalers to make new business opportunities. The Indian exhibitors shown satisfaction with regard to visit of buyers to their stands and hopeful that by the end of the show they will be having good business inquiries.

Rakesh Kumar, ED-EPCH Further informed that as 46th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair is coming near, publicity is being at the venue of the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair to grab the opportunity to invite the buyers, who are visiting this show to the next edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair to be held in October, 2018.

More than 4,300 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions participated in the fair including group pavilions from China, Italy, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand and India displaying wide range of corporate gifts, fashion accessories, green gifts, picture and photo frames, toys and sporting goods, beauty, health and wellness, watches and clocks, luxury gifts, gifts and premium etc.

“After detailed analysis and survey of the trade shows being held at Hong Kong, the Council has decided to participate on regular and annual basis in these trade fairs covering the entire range of handicrafts sector of India,” according to Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director of EPCH.

The Indian exhibitors showcased a wide range of products, which included handcrafted decorated premium gifts, souvenirs, lifestyle accessories, cotton scarves, necklaces, picture frames, boxes, pen stands, note books, shawls & stoles, handmade paper products, jute, cotton, canvas bags, ladies hand bags, leather hand bags, Christmas decoratives, wooden decorative artware, stationery, table tops, grocery bags, and decorative journals etc.

“Handicrafts occupy an important place in the Indian economy and society. This product group is a large foreign exchange earner, employment generator for economically and socially backward classes and promoter of Indian ethnic, cultural heritage worldwide,” the Executive Director of the Council added. EPCH — an apex body for promotion and export of handicrafts products from India to the world market.