Organisers of two Hong Kong jewellery shows, The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), have confirmed that the upcoming shows will be postponed following the recent outbreak of coronavirus in China.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show were scheduled to take place this coming March, but will now be postponed until May.
In a statement, the council said: “The safety of exhibitors and buyers has always been a priority for the HKTDC. In line with the measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government against the spread of the novel coronavirus, and after consultation with representatives of the jewellery industry, the HKTDC will reschedule its HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show 2020 (originally scheduled for 2-6 March) and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2020 (originally scheduled for 4-8 March) to 18-21 May 2020. The twin shows will be concurrently held at the AsiaWorld-Expo.”
It added that the HKTDC would “monitor the situation closely” and provide details of the rescheduling arrangements to exhibitors and buyers.
The council also announced it would provide masks and hand sanitisers throughout its venues, regularly clean lift panels, handrails, door handles with diluted bleach, and “step up” the cleaning and disinfecting work across all venue restrooms.
The 7th HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show and the 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show were due to showcase over 4,600 exhibitors and jewellers from around the world.
The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show is typically split into “themed” zones, including the Antique and Vintage Jewellery Galleria, Designer Galleria, Hall of Jade Jewellery, IT Solutions for Jewellery and Wedding Bijoux. Jewellery parades, trend talks and industry seminars are also permanent features of the annual events.