Nearly 500 importers from 41 countries across the world have registered to seek suppliers at the 2012 Hanoi Gift Show, which will begin on October 26.

According to Hanoi ’s Department of Industry and Trade (HDIT), the event holds a great deal of potential for businesses to find new partners and sign contracts.

The large number of overseas buyers who are attending is a positive sign for Vietnamese handicraft manufacturers and encouraging, bearing in mind the global economic downturn, said the department.

On display will be handicraft products, interior decor, indoor and outdoor furniture, home furnishings, embroidery work, fashion accessories, toys and handmade products made by ethnic minority peoples.

Two workshops will be held to introduce domestic businesses to the latest trends in the Australian and Japanese markets.
Co-organised by the HDIT and the Vietnam Handicrafts Exporters Association, the 2012 Hanoi Gift Show will run until October 30 at the Vietnam Exhibition Centre.-VNA