The annual Hong Kong Optical Fair held its 26th edition last month with record-breaking numbers of exhibitors and attendees.

More than 16,800 buyers from 11 countries and regions viewed a record 810 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions at this year’s Hong Kong Optical Fair. Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organized by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, the three-day fair, Nov. 7-9, hosted a number of buyers from emerging markets (including the Chinese mainland, Malaysia, the Philippines and Russia) and a slight uptick in visitors from mature markets such as the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Japan and Korea.

Innovative technologies such as 3D-printed eyewear and facial recognition were featured in the inaugural IT Solutions & Shop Fittings zone. This year’s Brand Name Gallery featured more than 225 international eyewear brands.

Reflecting the event’s global focus, the fair will be officially rebranded starting next year as the HKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair, which will be held Nov. 6-9, 2019.


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