Ernie Blom Writes To Hong Kong Show Organizers For Assurances

The following letter was sent by WFDB President Ernie Blom to Ms Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, Informa Markets, Hong Kong.

Dear Celine,

I am writing to you again on behalf of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and its members regarding the September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair.

I understand that a decision has been made to hold the show as planned and that there is no possibility of postponing it.

It is my understanding that the organizers do not believe that there will be any danger to the safety of exhibitors and visitors/buyers.

My members are facing a very difficult position since we are all aware that the market situation is very difficult so we need to do business and the Hong Kong show is a vital part of the trade show calendar. On the other hand, there are very real concerns about the show and safety considerations which need to be ensured in order to assure people taking part in the show that they will be safe.

I believe that exhibitors have to make a personal decision in each individual case and will need to ensure that they have adequate extra insurance cover for any eventuality.

I am therefore urging Informa Markets to provide exhibitors with a substantial discount for taking part in the fair at this difficult time and for showing their support.

Given the urgency of the situation, I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.