China’s exhibition industry has experienced a robust resurgence in the first three quarters of this year, buoyed by a surge in market demand, according to Shu Jueting, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, in a statement made on Thursday.
Shu emphasized the significance of the exhibition industry as a vital platform for fostering a modern market system and an open economic environment during a regular press conference.
Statistics from the ministry revealed that a total of 3,248 exhibitions were organized from January to September, marking an impressive 32.4 percent increase compared to the same period in 2019.
In anticipation of the upcoming sixth China International Import Expo (CIIE), scheduled to be held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10, Shu shared exciting details. The CIIE is expected to draw participants from 154 countries, regions, and international organizations.
An impressive roster of over 3,400 companies and nearly 410,000 professional visitors have already registered their participation in the expo. Furthermore, the business exhibition area is set to expand to 367,000 square meters, surpassing the previous editions. The CIIE will also witness a record-high number of Global Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders in attendance, as highlighted by the spokesperson.
The CIIE’s Hongqiao International Economic Forum, a significant component of the event, will witness the release of the World Openness Report 2023 and the latest World Openness Index. Additionally, more than 1,000 on-site activities, including roundtable meetings for foreign enterprises, are scheduled to take place during the expo, as mentioned by the spokesperson.