In view of the significant resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the recent week of 6-12 July, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has discussed with the Government over the weekend, and was advised that, given the latest epidemic situation and the Government re-imposing certain social distancing restrictions on public health grounds, the Book Fair, despite the precautionary measures to be put in place, should be avoided, since it would likely be difficult to perform contact tracing and imposing subsequent disease control measures for the huge number of people involved. The health of Hong Kong people is a priority. As such, the Hong Kong Book Fair (original dates: 15 to 21 July) and three other public fairs during this period: Sports and Leisure Expo (original dates: 15 to 21 July), Education and Careers Expo (original dates: 16 to 19 July) and Entrepreneur Day (original dates: 16 to 17 July) will be rescheduled.
The Government and the HKTDC understand the disappointment of the industry sector and exhibitors as well as the public with the postponement of this major annual event. The Government has indicated that it will continue to provide its pledged support under the Anti-epidemic Fund when the fairs are rescheduled to a later date. The HKTDC will be in contact with related parties to discuss rescheduling arrangements, and details will be available in due course.
With regard to the Book Fair, ticket holders of purchased tickets can request a refund upon presentation of valid tickets. Details for refund will be announced on the Book Fair Website (www.hkbookfair.com). (VIP tickets and complimentary tickets are not eligible for refund.)
Regarding HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (16 to 17 July), a number of virtual seminars will continue to be broadcast live online as scheduled (Timetable link), while arrangements for the exhibition portion will be announced later.
The HKTDC expresses its sincere gratitude to the general public and to supporting organisations, exhibitors and partners for their support and understanding during this challenging time. With safety as a priority, the HKTDC will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with stakeholders.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.
Please contact the HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs Department for the various events:
Hong Kong Book Fair
Clayton Lau, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: email@example.com
Sunny Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports & Leisure Expo
Snowy Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4525, Email: email@example.com
Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education and Careers Expo
Coco Yuen, Tel: +852 2584 4145, Email: email@example.com
Leslie Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4239, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org