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The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and Hong Kong Gem & Pearl Show have been rescheduled from March to May.
The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and Hong Kong Gem & Pearl Show have been rescheduled from March to May.

Hong Kong trade fairs postponed

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has postponed the upcoming Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and Hong Kong Gem & Pearl Show due to concerns about the coronavirus.

The events had been scheduled to take place 2–8 March, but will now be held 18–21 May.

In a statement on its website, the HKTDC explained that the decision was made in order to comply with “measures taken by the Hong Kong Government against the spread of the novel coronavirus”.

“The safety of exhibitors and buyers has always been a priority for the HKTDC”

“The safety of exhibitors and buyers has always been a priority for the HKTDC,” the statement added.

The 2019 editions of the shows hosted 4,555 exhibitors from 52 countries and 90,000 registered buyers from 145 countries.

Exhibitors and attendees for the 2020 shows will be advised of rescheduling arrangements in the coming weeks.

Hong Kong has also suffered a prolonged period of unrest since anti-government protests began last year, leading to a retail downturn.

As a result, several jewellery chains – including Chow Tai Fook and Luk Fook – have announced plans to close Hong Kong stores.

More coronavirus fears

The postponement of the Hong Kong shows follows Swatch Group’s cancellation of its annual Time To Move product launch event, which was due to be held in Zürich, Switzerland next month.

Instead, the company’s prestige brands will hold individual regional events in order to limit international travel for retailers and media representatives.

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