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There are thousands of watches, jewelry and accessories manufacturers in China, and other Asian countries. While you can start sourcing right now on Alibaba.com or Globalsources.com, many importers prefer to meet suppliers face to face, negotiate prices and check samples.
In this guide to watches and jewelry trade shows in Asia, you get a complete overview of the top events in 2018, in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.
HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair
The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair will take place in the first week of September in Hong Kong.
In most cases, you can attend the fair without a visa as Hong Kong offers visa-free entry to the nationals of 170 countries for short-term visits.
Organizers of this fair include Hong Kong Trade Development and Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd.
The fair is one of the most acknowledged Watch and Clock Fairs in Asia. More than 800 exhibitors are expected to exhibit their products at the show this year. Around 20,000 buyers are also likely to visit the fair.
The products will be displayed under the following categories:
- Watches and Clocks
- Machinery & Equipment
- OEM Smart Watches
- Packaging, Parts & Components
- Trade Services
The admission to the exhibition is free but only 18 years or older are allowed to attend the fair.
The fair takes place once a year, every September in Hong Kong.
Venue: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Global Sources Fashion Fair
The Global Sources Fashion Fair will take place in the last week of April in Hong Kong. It is also considered among the major fashion shows in Hong Kong, organized twice a year.
Around 1000 exhibitors are expected to join this fair that consists of more than 1,800 booths for different fashion products and categories including jewelry and watches.
You can find manufacturers of watches and jewelry from Hong Kong (notice that most HK suppliers are traders with factories in Mainland China), China, Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries at this fair.
The exhibition also attracts a large number of online and Amazon sellers by providing them dedicated services. To cater to their needs, fair management lists hundreds of sellers who accept small orders.
You can find around 50 exhibitors in jewelry pavilion and around 30 exhibitors under a fashion accessories category which includes watches.
If you are traveling from North America, Europe, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and South America, you don’t need a visa to attend this fair.
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo, situated right next to the Hong Kong International Airport.
HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show
The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show will take place in the first week of March in Hong Kong.
The admission fee to attend this fair is HK$100 while entry is only for 18 years old or older.
The fair is organized by Hong Kong Trade Development Council in partnership with Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association and Hong Kong jewelry Manufacturers Association.
In terms of expected attendance, it is among the largest jewelry and watches trades shows in the world. In 2017, the fair was visited by 52,000 visitors from all around the world while more than two and a half thousand exhibitors showcased their products.
You can find jewelry and watch manufacturers from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and other parts of the world, but most are from Asia.
Most popular categories at the event include:
- Fine and Finished Jewelry
- Silver Jewelry
- Antique Jewelry
- Jewelry Tools & Equipment
- Brand Name Watches & Clocks
- Jade Jewelry and many more
The fair takes place once a year, every March.
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Canton Fair Phase 2
Canton Fair, commonly known as China Import and Export Fair, is a regular event that takes place twice a year since 1957. It is organized in three phases to exhibit different industries. The second phase is scheduled to take place in April 2018 in Guangzhou.
The second phase includes a lot of products and industries including watches and clocks.
Based on the number of yearly attendees, it is one the largest trade exhibitions in Asia. More than 7,000 exhibitors from many Asian countries are expected to join the event along with more than 185,000 visitors.
The exhibition will take place in China Import and Export Complex, which is located on Pazhou Island, Guangzhou, China. The complex is also known as the largest modernized exhibition center in Asia.
You may need a visa to visit China to attend this fair. China allows visa-free entry to citizens of 13 countries, which include Singapore and Japan. However, most attendees must secure visas in advance.
Venue: China Import & Export Fair Complex, No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China
China Watch & Clock Fair
The CWCF China Watch & Clock Fair will take place in Shenzhen in June 2018.
More than 600 exhibitors are expected to attend the fair this year. You can find exhibitors here from all around the world, but most are Chinese and Hong Kong based brands and manufacturers.
Almost 60,000 buyers visit this exhibition every year.
The products on display include watches, wristwatches, clocks, smart watches, LCD watches, electronic calendar, tools and machinery, pocket watches, and similar products.
The event takes place once a year.
Venue: Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Fuhua 3rd Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair Shenzhen
The next edition of China International Gold, Jewelry & Gem Fair is scheduled to take place in Shenzhen in April.
You can find a wide range of jewelry products which include diamonds, gemstones, pearls, and other jewelry related merchandise.
The event is expected to host more than 330 exhibitors from 13 countries.
The admission is free for all visitors, but only 18 years old and above are allowed. The fair takes place once every year since last 15 years.
It is not among the largest jewelry exhibitions in the China, but it is still one of the major ones that attract thousands of buyers and hundreds of exhibitors every year.
Venue: Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Fuhua 3rd Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
Shanghai World Jewelry Expo
Shanghai World Jewelry Expo takes place once a year, every October in Shanghai.
The admission is free, but you must be 18 years old or older.
The expo is organized by Gems & Jewelry Trade Association of China, China Gold Association, and Shanghai Gold & Jewelry Trade Association.
You can find a wide range and variety of jewelry and gems. The expo exhibits products under five major categories that include gemstones, pearls, finished jewelry, watches & clocks, manufacturing equipment & accessories.
In terms of attendance and participation of exhibitors, the expo is not as large as some other on our list.
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center Hall 1., No.1099 Guo Zhan Road, Shanghai, 200126 P.R.C
Taiwan (Republic of China)
Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair
The annual Taiwan Jewelry & Gem Fair will take place during the first week of November, 2018.
The fair is organized by UBM Asia Ltd. every year since 2013. It is relatively new fair that attracts around 10,000 visitors and approximately 200 exhibitors, which makes it the most significant international jewelry trade show in Taiwan.
Last year, exhibitors from 13 countries took part in the fair, but most of the exhibitors are from local Taiwan’s jewelry industry.
If you are traveling from North America, European Union, Canada, Japan, Singapore, or South Korea, you don’t need a visa for a short-term visit to Taiwan.
Taiwan allows visa-free entry to more than 60 countries. You can also check the complete list here.
You can find five major pavilions in the exhibition that include diamond section, coral pavilion, designer area, country pavilions, and packaging & tool section.
Venue: Taipei World Trade Center(TWTC), Hall 1, No.5, Sec. 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan
Vietnam International Jewelry Exhibition Fair
Vietnam International Jewelry Fair is organized by Ho Chi Minh City jewelry company, which is a state-owned corporation. The 27th annual edition of this fair will take place in November 2018, in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Compared to other expos and exhibitions in China and Hong Kong, the Vietnam International Jewelry Fair is relatively smaller but still attract more than 25 thousand visitors to its annual fair. Around 140 exhibitors also take part in the exhibition every year.
You can find wide range of jewelry products at the exhibition that include gold, platinum, gemstones, designer jewelry, diamonds, pearls, jewelry services, and more.
If you are a citizen of European Union, UK, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, or Singapore, you can visit the fair without visa for vietnam.
In total, Vietnam offers visa free entry to citizens of 24 countries. To check if your country is included, you can visit the list here.
Venue: Phu Tho Exhibition Centre, 221 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair
The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will take place in February, in the Thai capital.
It is the largest and the oldest Gems & Jewelry fairs in Thailand. Around a thousand brands and companies take part in the fair every year.
You can find an array of products under different categories at the event which include gemstones, diamonds, pearls, rough stones, jewelry parts, machinery, gold, synthetic stones, and more.
Thailand offers visa-free entry to the citizens of 57 countries, mostly from Europe, South East Asia, and North America, so the chances are, you can travel to Thailand without visa to attend the fair.
In addition, citizens of another 21 countries can obtain visa on arrival. Here is the complete list if you want to learn your country’s status.
It is also ranked among the major and most acknowledged jewelry trade shows in Asia.
Venue: Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair
The Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair is another major event in Thailand that was attended by 30,000 visitors from 125 countries this year, while 600 exhibitors took part in the event as well.
The fair is expected to take place in Bangkok in June in 2018.
You can find wide range of products from exhibitors from 30 countries. Some popular product categories you can explore are gold, silver, loose stones, tool & accessories, equipment, precious gemstones, etc.
The event takes place once every year.
Venue: Impact Exhibition & Convention Center, Challenger Hall, Bangkok, Thailand
Cambodia International Gems & Jewelry Fair
Cambodia International Gems & Jewelry Fair will take place in May in Phnom Penh.
The fair is the largest exhibition of Cambodian gems and jewelry to buyers from all around the world. You can find wide range of diamonds, gemstones, timepieces, fine jewelry designs, gold jewelry, accessories, bejeweled & brand watches, and more.
The admissions are free and open for everyone above 15 years of age.
You can obtain on-arrival visa to attend the fair as Cambodia issues on-arrival business visa to all nationals for a fee of USD 35. In addition, Cambodia allows visa-free entry to citizens of nine countries which include Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and few more countries.
The event takes place once a year and attracts thousands visitors and hundreds of exhibitors.
Venue: Diamond Island Convention & Exhibition Centre (Koh Pich), Tonle Bassac Commune, Chamkarmorn District, Diamond Island City, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
International Jewelry Manila
The annual International Jewelry Manila exhibition will take place in June in Manila in 2018.
You can find a wide range of products here are different categories which include diamonds, gemstones, wedding jewelry, brand name watches, bejeweled watches, semi-finished jewelry, and more.
You can visit the Philippines without visa in most of the cases as Philippines offers visa-free entry to citizens of 157 countries. In addition, the Philippines also offer other countries on arrival visa. Here is the complete list of countries.
Venue: SMX Convention Center AURA (SMX AURA), Level 3, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street Cor. Mckinley Parkway, Taguig City, Manila, The Philippines
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