JAKARTA - The mega "In Style - Hong Kong" campaign kicked off in Jakarta today with the launch of a citywide promotion at the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town mall, showcasing a range of Hong Kong fashion, food and lifestyle attractions until 20 September.
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), "In Style - Hong Kong" also includes a Hong Kong branded product expo (17-19 September) for trade buyers and a services symposium (17 September) featuring business insights, networking, business matching and consultation services. An invitation-only gala dinner will be held on 17 September for 500 members of the business community.
The multilayered promotion aims to enhance the already strong trade links between Hong Kong and Indonesia. Hong Kong is consistently rated as the world's freest economy by the United States-based Heritage Foundation while Indonesia is the world's fourth-most populous nation. In 2014, bilateral trade between Hong Kong and Indonesia reached US$5.16 billion.
"In Style - Hong Kong" is an expansion of the successful Lifestyle Expos held by the HKTDC in Jakarta over the past three years, whereby Hong Kong's innovative and quality products were featured to Indonesian buyers. This year's event will highlight ways Indonesian companies can partner with Hong Kong to capitalise on the new business opportunities in Asia, especially China. It also showcases Hong Kong's unique, vibrant lifestyle trends to local consumers through the citywide promotion.
Citywide promotion - connecting with Indonesian consumers
The centerpiece of the citywide promotion is a Hong Kong galleria at the Skybridge in Grand Indonesia Shopping Town (14-20 September), spotlighting Hong Kong fashion, food and lifestyle products. Some of these offerings were showcased at two product parades during today's on-site press conference.
A unique combination of Indonesian batik and Hong Kong design will also be on display at the Skybridge from 18-20 September. Under the title of "Batik Crossover", and sponsored by leading Indonesian textile and garment company Sritex, this innovative programme features six batik fashion collections by renowned Hong Kong designers; Lulu Cheung, Walter Kong and Jessica Lau, Walter Ma, Aries Sin, Harrison Wong and Cecilia Yau.
The citywide promotion also includes retail and gourmet specials at venues across Jakarta. A "Hong Kong Gourmet" campaign, with a webpage featuring more than 10 Hong Kong-style restaurants in Jakarta, has been launched on OpenRice Indonesia's portal. The "OpenSnap Photo Competition" (www.opensnap.com/hktdc) is also being organised to encourage patrons to dine at participating restaurants.
Indonesian-operated bistro chain Hong Kong Cafe is offering a three-course gourmet menu created by Hong Kong celebrity chef Walter Kei for "In Style - Hong Kong". Dim sum specialist Tim Ho Wan is offering complimentary desserts while traditional Hong Kong-style milk tea is also available at the Chatime Indonesia takeaway beverage chain. The tea is brewed using blended tea leaves from Hong Kong beverage company Kampery.
Meanwhile, a "Hong Kong Lifestyle Products" promotion is underway in Jakarta, with Hong Kong fashion brands such as G2000, Giordano and Staccato offering discounts and other consumer incentives.
Main events to open 17 September
The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr C Y Leung and Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia Mr H M Jusuf Kalla are expected to be guests of honour at the Opening Ceremony of the "In Style - Hong Kong" expo and symposium on 17 September.
The expo is expected to attract about 10,000 trade buyers, importers, distributors, retailers, brand agents, franchisees, department stores and specialist vendors. It will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center from 17 to 19 September, presenting myriad opportunities for buyers to source the hottest styles and trends from Hong Kong.
More than 190 participating companies will feature Hong Kong lifestyle products in four major themed zones as well as a display of award-winning pieces. The four themed zones are; fashion and fashion accessories (including Bossini, Cocomojo and Mastermind), jewellery and watches (including Chow Tai Fook, TSL Jewellery, Memorigin, Cosi Moda, Saga, Edwin and Charles Hubert), gifts and houseware (including Lexington, PO: Selected, Biba Toys, Kid Galaxy and Kinox), and consumer electronics (including Goodway, Gold Peak and SAS Lighting). Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Design Award Display Zone, titled "Fame - In Style" will showcase a range of award-winning products to highlight Hong Kong's creative and design capabilities, while buyers can place low-volume orders of five to 1,000 pieces at the hktdc.com Small Orders display.
Symposium provides global business insights
The day-long symposium will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center for an expected 1,000 participants, mainly Indonesian businesspeople. It will feature a main symposium and five thematic sessions highlighting ways Hong Kong services, including financial services, legal and arbitration, design and branding services, digital marketing and ICT services, can help Indonesian companies expand their business in Asia, and especially the Chinese mainland.
Distinguished speakers at the symposium include the Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR, Mr Rimsky Yuen SC; Armando Tolomelli, CEO, Prada Asia Pacific; Y K Pang, Director, Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd; Royce Yuen, Founder & CEO, New Brand New Ltd; Kent Wong, Managing Director, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd; Peter Lo, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank AG Hong Kong; Tommy Li, Creative Director, Tommy Li Design Workshop Ltd; Peter Mack, Executive Director, Marketing, Landor Hong Kong; and Jason Chiu, CEO, Cherrypicks.
(Please see the complete list of symposium speakers and moderators at http://symposium.instyle-hk.com.)
The symposium will also feature a mini-exhibition where 18 Hong Kong services providers and trade organisations will provide on-site business consultations. The CreateSmart Initiative*, administered by Create Hong Kong of the HKSAR Government, sponsors the participation of some of these exhibitors from various creative sectors in the symposium and their market visit in Jakarta on 18 September.
* Disclaimer: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Technology Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.
Product highlights from "In Style - Hong Kong" expo exhibitors:
Photo download link: http://bit.ly/1EXbXyj
For more information, please visit the following "In Style - Hong Kong" websites:
Main event: www.instyle-hk.com
Citywide promotion (with videos): http://citywide.instyle-hk.com
"In Style - Hong Kong": https://youtu.be/3r17S13v_uk
"In Style - Hong Kong" expo: https://youtu.be/4mRSOxunU84
"In Style - Hong Kong" symposium: https://youtu.be/zvLGqmauu7U
Hong Kong services: http://bit.ly/1LzDart
Chinese outbound investment: https://youtu.be/p7pUaAgWvhk
Hong Kong's central role for ASEAN: https://youtu.be/Zw0E6Qbl42o
Springboard to success: https://youtu.be/QGZ_Z3SB0pU
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