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Hot and sticky Hong Kong(Posted: 08-07-2008)
How a show should be organised, and shopping in Ladies Market!
….so, on to Hong Kong, where, thankfully, the cessation of the recent rains more or less coincided with my arrival. However, this only increased the heat and humidity – good job I brought lots of shirts. What a drag sitting on the plane all that time though. After the demise of Silverjet pre–New York, this time it was the turn of Oasis Hong Kong to go under. They had my ticket money and I could see the plane on the ground at Hong Kong airport! Still, at least Virgin give you a free pair of socks and a pen. It almost made the extra £250 worthwhile.
The first pint in the Devil’s Advocate didn’t touch the sides after a bus journey from the airport that seemed to go on forever – the drivers actually stick to the speed limits. Big screen, rugby, beer: what more does a man need?
The obligatory trips to Stanley Market and the Peak behind me, on to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the beautifully constructed and laid out show and ever present and helpful staff once again put some of the other events on our calendar in the shade – no drapes and poles here!
The night view from the Peak A fugitive Dutchman hiding at the show
Once again I met some wonderful new people, including a Dutchman who shares my love of Star Wars lego, and has with a tendency to get pulled by the police wherever he goes – this time for not wearing a seat belt in the taxi!
Yet again the Premier Asian Licensing Awards evening was an eye-catching event. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course meal, coffee, speeches and awards in 2 hours – that’s organisation. As Hong Kong is hosting the equestrian events for the 2008 Olympics we were treated to dancing girls in glittery jodhpurs, complete with riding hats and whips! After the usual early finish (before 9pm!), it was off to Lan Kwai Fong for cocktails and laughing at the drunk people – not any of our party you understand.
A heavy night in Lan Kwai Fong Shopping in Ladies Market
Ladies Market was the final port of call before leaving - time to spend those last few dollars. I’m not quite sure why it’s called Ladies Market – it was about the only place I wasn’t offered one during my wanderings! I could have taken advantage of many free beers and “happy endings” in the clubs and bars of Wanchai. Anyway, I stocked up on many cheap NON-BRANDED products, ignoring the calls of “copy bag, copy watch”, and staying true to the industry.
What next? Well, I’m sure I’ll find something that needs bringing to your attention in a couple of weeks. Until then…………
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A month of trade shows!
Happy New Year!
Viva Las Vegas!!
Moscow, Bologna, Easter
Where did February go?
Hong Kong and the merry-go-round begins
Welcome to 2012
The Seoul Character & Licensing Fair comes to town
Vegas is hot, hot, hot!
Welcome to 2011. The treadmill starts!
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Brand Licensing Europe delivers for us again
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Seoul, kids at the show and kimchi
Las Vegas and all its (licensed) temptations
Easter eggs and volcanic ash
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2010 finally arrives, and the new Guide is here!
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The Licensing Awards in London
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Las Vegas welcomes Licensing International 2009
Vegas here we come!
Brits on tour in Prague!
STOP PRESS: England closes because of snow!
A Special Delivery before Burns Night
Dubai and Christmas drinks
The joys of Brand Licensing
Exhibiting at the National Incentive Show
Greetings from Mexico!
French motorways, sun, sea and sand
Action Man and the good old days
Hot and sticky Hong Kong
Brits on tour in New York