Overview of C&E
In recent years, with continuous improvement of C&E(convention and exhibition)environment, Chengdu has been getting better at organizing conventions and exhibitions, the C&E industry of the city has been expanding, and the brand influence has been on the rise, which have all contributed to a significant improvement of overall competitive advantage. Chengdu has already become a famous C&E city that is the best one in central and western China and among the best nationwide; it is the most preferred city in central and western China for major domestic and international C&E events.
In 2013, The Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition joined the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) a world leading meeting organization, becoming the first government body in central and western China to join the internationally renowned Association.
The year of 2012 witnessed the sound development of Chengdu’s C&E industry and the holding of 456 C&E events city-widely, including 76 international meetings, 154 exhibitions (including 38 international exhibitions) and 226 festivities. The exhibition venues accumulated to about 2,711,000 square meters, a year-on-year increase of 16.3%; the direct income of CNY5.02 billion , a year-on-year increase of 26.4%; and the consumption impelled by these events exceeded CNY42 billion, a year-on-year increase of 25.3% or so.
At present, the C&E industry of Chengdu is wasting no time seizing another round of historic development opportunities; in accordance with the strategy of “market based,mechanisms, professionalization , internationalization, brand formation, and standardization,” it is making effort to speed up the modernization and internationalization of the C&E economy, and accelerate the construction of “a famous C&E city of China with great international influence”.
● Five “-ation” for the development of the C&E industry in Chengdu
♦ Marketization as the direction for strengthening and optimizing the C&E industry
♦ Professionalization as the support for improving exhibition economy
♦ Brand formation as the goal in building a “famous international C&E city”
♦ Internationalization as the guide for improving the openness of Chengdu to the outside world
♦ Standardization as the key to the creation of a favorable environment for the development of the C&E industry
● 2013, A Breakthrough Year for International Conferences and Exhibitions of Chengdu
In 2013, two world-renowned and globally-influential events, i.e. the Chengdu Fortune Global Forum 2013 and the 12th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, are to be held in Chengdu. So far Chengdu has been the only city in the world that attracts two great events in the same year. Chengdu is predestined to become an eye-catching vista in China's C&E history. Chengdu's C&E internationalization will turn a new page from now on.
On June 6th-8th, 2013, the Fortune Global Forum 2013 — the clearest and most direct window into global economic trends, was successfully held in Chengdu, marking the first time that an international financial event of the highest order is held in a city in western China. The Forum this year has been praised as the “Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu tops all the previous FGF.” The theme of the Fortune Global Forum this year was “China's New Future”. In the span of three days, over 600 heavyweights from the political，business and academic area gathered in Chengdu from all over the world, particpating in over 40 forum activities.
The World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention was solemnly held in September24th-26th , which comes back to China for the first time after 12years. More than 3,000 guests from over 100 countries and regions worldwide were expected to take part in the event -- the highest attendance ever for the convention. The theme of the World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention this year was "China's development and the opportunities of Chinese merchants".