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GOVirtual Business Expo & Conference Casts Vote of Confidence in HK’s Post Pandemic Economy Rebound

New event dedicated to virtual business will be an industry highlight

and help businesses GO virtual to capture unlimited online opportunities

2020 had been hard for Hong Kong’s business communities, yet the difficulties have fueled the growth of virtual businesses in Hong Kong, and opened doors of online opportunities to those who dare take on the digital challenge. In anticipation of the rebound of business activities led by virtual businesses, Baobab Tree Event Management Co., Ltd. (BTE) announced today that BTE is joining forces with CP Exhibition Ltd. (CPE), together with co-organizer GS1 Hong Kong Ltd. (GS1 HK), to organize the first edition of GOVirtual Business Expo & Conference (GOVirtual Expo), to be held on 10-12 June 2021 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, to help the GOVirtual transformation of businesses in the region and support their post pandemic recovery. As the anchor conference co-located with the Expo, the 20th edition of GS1 Hong Kong Summit will also be held on 10 June with a compelling lineup of speakers.

Professional platform driven by market demand

Virtual business, from eCommerce and e-Retail, to remote working and virtual meetings & events, to live streaming and online entertainment, has become vital to the margin, even survival of businesses in all sectors. Traditional businesses are looking to acquire virtual business capability, a trend being illustrated by the HK$1.88 billion given out to over 32,000 companies via the D-Biz Program under the HKSAR Anti-Epidemic Fund. The program positively put in motion the digital transformation momentum of SMEs in Hong Kong, and generated huge demands for virtual business technology and solutions. Many of the 1.4 million Hong Kong registered companies are looking for technology solutions and services to support their virtual business development.

Such enormous market demand is the driving force behind the realization of GOVirtual Business Expo & Conference. A unique exhibition targeting both trade delegates and public visitors, GOVirtual Expo aims to promote and enable conventional businesses’ digital conversion, and provides an ideal platform for virtual business service and solution providers to connect with potential clients and partners. The Expo also aspires to assist entrepreneurs who are looking for technology advices and support to start their online virtual businesses

“Virtual business capability has become a critical factor to the survival and success of all entities in the post-pandemic economy. ECommerce in Hong Kong, for example, is forecasted to grow 18.6% and reaches US$7.5 billion in 2020, while online entertainment is projected to grow 11.4% to US$343 million. GOVirtual Expo will support enterprises to unlock and capture the boundless potential of virtual business, and help make a positive impact to the economic recovery of Hong Kong. We are very pleased to co-organize the GOVirtual Business Expo & Conference with the highly respected GS1 Hong Kong.

Furthermore, the Expo is well supported by industry bodies and organizations in various sectors”, said Ms. Culsin Li, Managing Director of BTE, organizer of GOVirtual Expo, “Furthermore, 2020 has been a very difficult year for the C&E industry, but we believe that the epidemic will eventually end and recovery is just around the corner. We want to show our support to the industry by organizing the GOVirtual Expo. With the support of our co-organizer and industry partners, we are confident that the Expo will be a success and a testimonial to the resilience of our industry.”

The Expo will be a one-stop trade platform that focuses on a spectrum of impactful technology areas including Disruptive Business Innovations, eCommerce, Marketing Technologies, Digital Sales Management, Payment & FinTech, Supply Chain & Logistics Technologies, Technologies for Remote Working, Virtual Meeting & Events, and Live Streaming & Online Entertainment. Furthermore, the Expo will feature “Hybrid Park”, a highlighted trade & public pavilion perfect for e- retailers and eCommerce companies to not only see and connect with potential investors, partners, suppliers, vendors for creating business opportunities; but also directly meet and interact with customer prospects for expanding their client base in a physical setting.

Bridging Online and Offline with Strong Lineup at 20th GS1 Hong Kong Summit

Co-located with the Expo, the 20th edition of the GS1 Hong Kong Summit will gather industry leaders and pioneers from CUHK Medical Centre, DCH Auriga, DHL etc., to explore how technologies, new business and operation strategies are orchestrated to drive digital transformation and smarter business.

For 20 years, the Summit has built itself as one of the region’s most distinguished and influential industry events, supporting businesses to both grow their market presence locally and expand it beyond Greater Bay Area to every corner of the online world. “The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation, which enables businesses to respond faster and stay relevant amid the changing markets.” said Anna Lin, Chief Executive of GS1 Hong Kong. “I think GOVB Expo and GS1 Hong Kong Summit are right on time to help business realise and capitalise on the power of technologies to embrace the new normal, which is in line with our objective to foster a business ecosystem where commerce connectivity and enhanced consumer experience converged.”

In addition to GS1 Hong Kong Summit, two conferences will also be hosted at the Expo: the 6th Cloud Forum by KORNERSTONE, principle partner; and the onsite GOVirtual Business conference. Industry experts and business leaders will share valuable insights on technology, innovation and trends, as well as advices critical to successful virtual business strategies on these concurrent conferences.

Great Business Opportunity

GOVirtual Business Expo & Conference is now inviting network and internet operators, hardware manufacturers, software developers, platform & systems creators, suppliers, solution providers engaged in providing infrastructure, products and services that enable businesses to advance and transform from traditional offline operations to innovative online ventures to exhibit in the GOVirtual Expo and capture the unlimited opportunities of the GBA’s enormous virtual business market!

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