“Modest Growth” at the March 2016 Hong Kong Show

The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show dazzled despite a tough business climateModest growth was perhaps the most ubiquitous phrase heard during the 33rd annual HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exposition Centre, where 2,500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries set up booths March 3–7. The phrase was used to describe bottom lines, export percentages, and annual sales. But it was mostly used to characterize a global industry that’s chugging along despite a difficult financial outlook.  “In general, the [economic] environment is not so good,” said Lawrence Ma, chairman of the HKTDC shows. But despite lowered attendance expectations for this year’s event, “the turnout has been good,” he noted. “Hong Kong is always a competitive platform for exhibitors. It’s an important gateway to Asia, and it’s convenien

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