Chengdu selected as one of the most competitive C&E cities

August 01 22:12 2019

Aerial photo taken on April 22, 2017 shows buildings of a science city in Chengdu Tianfu New Area of China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ), southwest China’s Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

Chengdu was consecutively selected as one of “China’s most competitive C&E cities” in 2017, ranking first in the central and western regions and fourth in the country, only after Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, according to the results of Research on 2017 C&E Industry Competitiveness Indexes of China’s Cities released by China Convention, Exhibition and Event Society.

Chengdu has held a series of top-grade international and domestic C&Es, including EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair and Western China International Fair, some of which have been held for many years in the city.

Chengdu has been endeavoring to build itself into an “international C&E capital” and create an ideal ecosphere for C&E industry.

On Aug. 28, Jaarbeurs, VNU, IEG jointly announced to set up offices in Chengdu. In Sept., a strategic cooperation agreement was signed between GLevents Group and Chengdu. In October, MCI Group visited this city. These international C&E giants strongly driving the city’s C&E industry.

“Entering Chengdu market is a prudent decision based on two years of researches and preparations,” UFI Asia-Pacific chairman and VNU president Zhong Gang explained, “on the one hand, this industry won the city’s support and attention, in which many policies are absolutely leading in China; on the other hand, as the further implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, the rise of western cities is irresistible, and Chengdu absolutely owns many competitive advantages.”

Zhong’s remarks expressed the confidence of the whole industry. The release conference three months later further demonstrated the city’s C&E strength, greatly reassuring the company about this strategic layout.

On Nov. 2, China Convention and Exhibition Society (CCES) of the Ministry of Commerce released the 2018 C&E industry competitiveness indexes of China’s cities in Chengdu. Chengdu ranks fourth in the country and first in the central and western regions for two consecutive years, for its balanced performance in all the professional indexes, especially in international cooperation.

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