30th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) The dispute over the “GO FESTIVAL HK 2022” organised by the AsiaWorld-Expo and chaired by the Hong Kong Federation of Industry and Commerce is still ongoing. The event was supposed to be the largest shopping and entertaining exhibition at Asia-World Expo to celebrate Christmas. There were a total of 383 units in the Expo. The focus was on Christmas shopping and food carnival as the main theme. On the other hand, a Taiwan GO Festival was also held simultaneously. There were eight attractions and booth games about Taiwan at the Expo.
Representatives of the exhibitors and the organiser again accused each other on a radio program yesterday morning (29th). Some exhibitors claimed that their income was not enough to pay for the rent and salaries. They now hope that the organiser will provide receipts as soon as possible so that they can apply for the SME Export Marketing Fund. Some exhibitors said that they only made HK$1,200 in revenue in four days. Cheung Wai Lok, chairman of The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance Licence, retorted that it was because some “claimed representatives” instigated other exhibitors to strike and disrupted order, so they had no time to take care of business. He emphasised that the protesting exhibitors were only a minority, and most of the other exhibitors were dissatisfied with their behaviour, and there was good business during the four-day exhibition. The “GO FESTIVAL HK 20222” held for four consecutive days from last Friday (25th) to yesterday (28th) had exhibitors who were dissatisfied with the arrangement, and some of them even took to the stage to express their dissatisfaction. Later, the police arrived to deal with the case. The case was listed as “dispute”.