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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 2020, in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.
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 in the following categories:
The exhibition also attracts a large number of online and Amazon sellers by providing them with 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.
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 the 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 2019, the fair was visited by 54,000 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
Jewelry Tools & Equipment
Brand Name Watches & Clocks
Jade Jewelry and many more
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 into three phases to exhibit different industries.
The second phase, which includes a lot of products and industries including watches and clocks, is scheduled to take place on April 22-27, 2020 (spring edition) and on October 23-27, 2020 (autumn edition).
Based on the number of yearly attendees, it is one of 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
The admission is free, but you must be 18 years old or older.
The expo is organized by the 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 others on our list.
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center Hall 1., No.1099 Guo Zhan Road, Shanghai, China
The fair is organized by UBM Asia Ltd. every year since 2013. It is a 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 the 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 the Ho Chi Minh City jewelry company, which is a state-owned corporation. The next edition of this fair will take place on November 14-18, 2020, 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 attracts more than 25 thousand visitors to its annual fair. Around 140 exhibitors also take part in the exhibition every year.
You can find a wide range of jewelry products at the exhibition that includes gold, platinum, gemstones, designer jewelry, diamonds, pearls, jewelry services, and more.
If you are a citizen of the European Union, UK, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, or Singapore, you can visit the fair without a 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
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 a visa to attend the fair.
In addition, citizens of another 21 countries can obtain a visa on arrival. Here is the complete list if you want to learn about 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
The fair is the largest exhibition of Cambodian gems and jewelry to buyers from all around the world. You can find a 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 an on-arrival visa to attend the fair as Cambodia issues an 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 a few more countries.
The event takes place once a year and attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors.
Venue: Diamond Island Convention & Exhibition Centre (Koh Pich), Tonle Bassac Commune, Chamkarmorn District, Diamond Island City, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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 a visa in most of the cases as the 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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