The organisers of the APLF Leather, Materials+, Fashion Access events in Hong Kong have postponed this summer’s editions following a decision by the Hong Kong Government to extend the compulsory quarantine regulation until the end of September.
As a result, the APLF events have been rescheduled from 5-7 July to 17-19 November.
“APLF fairs are the platform where the global industry meets. The extended travel restrictions limit the possibility of the large number of buyers and exhibitors from all over the world to attend the fairs. After careful consideration and a thorough review of all factors impacting APLF fairs, we have decided to postpone the fairs to November,” said David Bondi, director of APLF.
“The vaccination progress in many countries has given us an encouraging sign that by November, the situation will be eased and worldwide travelling will be resumed. The well-being of our exhibitors, visitors, and industry partners is our top priority and we will implement additional safety measures like social distancing in the venue.”
The news comes as APLF is preparing to launch a B2B networking marketplace next month to meet the needs of buyers and suppliers.
“In today’s challenging environment, APLF will keep the community connected through our digital channels. In the coming April, APLF will launch a brand-new marketplace for suppliers to launch their collections, connect with buyers and accelerate business. This B2B marketplace offers well-rounded features and functions, and the best business opportunities for buyers and sellers,” said Grace Lee, event director of APLF fairs.
“We will also organise various digital events to keep the conversations between buyers and sellers going.”