Vinexpo Asia-Pacific saw a 6.3% rise in buyer visitors from Asia, according to organisers. 

The three-day wine and spirits trade show, held in Hong Kong last week, attracted a record 16,778 buyers from the continent compared to around 15,000 at the 2012 event. The number of exhibitors totalled 1,300 from 34 countries. 

Around 42% of visitors - 7,064 - came from Hong Kong, the organisers said.

Visitors from mainland China totalled 5,898 - a 3% rise on the previous show. 

Guillaume Deglise, Vinexpo's chief executive, said: “This market is more sophisticated than ever, you could feel it in the business done as well as in the overall atmosphere of the exhibition.”

The top four visiting nations, after Hong Kong and China, were Taiwan (705 visitors), Korea (370), Japan (355) and Singapore (341). 

Visitor numbers from Thailand were up 26% and up 25% from Vietnam.  

This year's Vinexpo Asia-Pacific also featured a dedicated spirits bar - Spiritual - which featured high-profile mixologists from Hong Kong hotels. 

Earlier this week, Deglise said Vinexpo is considering putting more emphasis on spirits at its events - including its flaghsip show in Bordeaux. Currently, spirits make up around 15% of the Bordeaux show.