Julia Herries

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Hong Kong, Julia Herries

How is the festive season celebrated in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a multicultural city, which includes a large Christian community, and celebrates a range of religious and secular festivals. Many areas have Christmas decorations, and buildings on either side of the harbour are lit up at night with festive lights. Christmas fare is available at many western restaurants in the downtown commercial areas of Hong Kong and Kowloon.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Hong Kong in 2019?
We were pleased to host Minister Furner and his delegation in May to support Queensland companies participating in the HOFEX food and hospitality trade show. We also welcomed a range of Queensland companies, universities, schools and regional government representatives throughout the year, especially for Asia Fruit Logistica and the Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong exhibition in September. In October, we were very pleased to work with other TIQ offices to bring Hong Kong buyers to Queensland for the Taste of Queensland Gourmet Experience.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
A peaceful and prosperous year – for Hong Kongers, and all those we welcome to do business here. We’ll also be bringing a group of Hong Kong companies in the aged care sector to Queensland to showcase the state’s capabilities in this area.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Hong Kong is open for business. While the past months have been challenging, life and business go on. Hong Kong is still a great test market for small to medium-sized Queensland companies who are first-time exporters, and is a gateway to the mainland China market. Queensland has a great reputation here, and Queensland companies are very welcome. Please continue to visit and get in touch with TIQ Hong Kong for market advice.