APLF moves to Dubai for 2022
As Dubai is a centre for international commercial, APLF organisers decided that it could host a successful fair.
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The organisers of the APLF Leather and Materials+ 2022 show have announced that the event will be relocated from Hong Kong to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 30th March to 1st April 2022. The decision, which was made after extensive discussions with leather industry associations and exhibitors, followed the Hong Kong government’s announcement that the current regulations under the ‘Prevention & Control of Disease Ordinance’ would be extended until March 31st 2022.
Before deciding to move this edition to Dubai, major exhibitors in such countries as Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea and the USA were surveyed in order to gauge the level of support for this special event. According to the organisers, the composition of visitors may well be different from the usual mix seen in Hong Kong. However, as Dubai is an international commercial hub, it was felt that sufficient visitors and buyers would attend to create a successful international leather and fashion accessories fair.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dubai authorities are reported to have acted swiftly to contain the threat to both residents and visitors while providing vital economic support to all tourism industry stakeholders. Dubai was reopened to domestic tourism in May 2020 and then to international visitors two months later.
"This special edition of APLF in Dubai will figure as the most important meeting of international leather stakeholders, suppliers and buyers since our last edition in 2019," said APLF director, Frank Boehly. "The industry needs APLF as an annual platform and our proactive decision to relocate the fair from Hong Kong to Dubai shows our determination to continue serving the global leather industries."
This article was originally published on page 3 of the November 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.