Exhibitors reports HK show ‘good’

Organisers of the annual Sports Source Asia trade show in Hong Kong report that exports of sports goods from the island have grown substantially in the past 12 months and both exhibitors and the local companies trawling the aisles were doing their best to further boost those figures.

And by the end of the second day of the late October trade show, most exhibitors reported they were happy with how the show was progressing. They reported buyers were genuinely seeking product and there were not the tyre-kickers of other bigger shows, reports Editor Maggie Coleman who attended the show as a guest of the organisers.

Many also reported that while they would have welcomed more visitors, but rare indeed is the trade show these days when exhibitors could not handle more enquiries.

A massive sourcing fair held in other halls of the Asia-World Expo complex brought more visitors to the centre but may well have provided potential Source Asia exhibitors in apparel and footwear with an alternative and competing show.

Organised with MMI Asia (organisers of the major and thriving Ispo Munich sports trade show  in Germany each year) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the fifth edition of Sports Source Asia had 180 exhibitors from eight countries and regions along with group pavilions from India, Pakistan, Korea and Taiwan.

Exhibitors showcased their products in several popular sourcing sectors including the premium zone, fitness apparel and footwear, equipment and accessories, along with fabrics and materials.

Australasia as always played a role, with plenty of distinctive accents to be heard in the aisles and one exhibitor showing  off his tennis products and accessories ranges.

Sydney-based Andrew Ang of Yonex (Aust) was thrilled with the response to his corner stand, reporting that he had taken enough orders in the first morning of the three day show to cover his costs.

New exhibitors, including HK-based Trend Resources, was delighted with the response to their big stand, showing the Accapi performance apparel and Technopad sports insoles, sports specific for many major sports including running, golf, tennis and basketball.

Major exhibitor and mainland Chinese brand, Erke reported a very busy first morning, with international business manager Kenny Lim talking of the high profile tennis sponsorships the apparel and footwear brand has set in place.

The Erke stand was one of the few to make a real display effort and as always, this pays off.

International Market Centre Managing Director Jeffrey Li  reported the company’s vision of being the global leader in the sports apparel and footwear market. Erke contributed  enormously to the show,  dressing the security staff, taking part in the fashion parades and networking sessions ...

Events during the show included a fashion parade from several of the major brands, presentations looking at new products and sports categories and seminars on the state of sports marketplaces in China and in Eastern Europe.

Pictured: On the Erke stand, international market center managing director Jeffrey Li (seated far right) talks with buyers

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