China Hi-Tech Fair 2005 will open in the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center that has just been made fully operational. Shenzhen's executive vice mayor Liu Yingli said at a preparation conference for CHTF 2005 that this event should develop into China's "top show of science and technology," just as is required by the organizing parties.
The preparation conference for CHTF 2005 was held in the Shenzhen Citizen Center on the afternoon of September 12, during which the press was told that the preparation work for the CHTF is unfolding smoothly, and has reached the final sprint stage. Compared with its previous sessions, CHTF 2005 can be characterized by four features: new breakthroughs in "internationalization," new contents in "quality-orientation," new measures in "specialization," and new attempts in "market-orientation."
22 Countries and Institutions Committed to Participation
It is learned that CHTF 2005 has made new breakthroughs in terms of "internationalization," as 22 foreign countries and institutions have confirmed their intention to show up in groups, which number exceeds the 21 foreign governments (international organizations) attending last year, or a record high. Some 30 multinational companies have signed up for professional shows, and a number of them will send their ranking executives here for forum speeches and super-SUPER special events. Overseas exhibitors take up 35 percent of the total exhibiting areas, or 10 percentage points higher than any of the previous sessions. Ministers of eight countries have confirmed to attend the "Ministerial Forum," also exceeding all past CHTFs. What's worth special mention here is that the CHTF staff left China for the first time to stage a round of matching talks in Vienna, which marks a new step for the CHTF towards "internationalization."
Staging a Super-clean Show
The state-level Exhibition of High and New Technologies, High-tech Human and Intellectual Resources Exchange and exclusive forums to be held during CHTF 2005 represent the highest and latest level of development in the country's high and new technology sector. A total of 35 provinces, municipalities and 29 institutes of higher learning have confirmed their participation, exhibition booths falling short of demand. The "Ministerial Forum" of this CHTF will be greater in scale and higher in quality, therefore a elite forum of this fair. The grand opening of this fair is scheduled on the evening of October 11, ahead of the schedule, where the reception, VIP guests meeting government officials, ribbon cutting, fireworks and government officials' exclusive tour of the fair will be closely linked to each other. This arrangement is believed to inject new vigor to the grand opening, a traditional "eye catcher" of this fair. Related law-enforcing authorities will heavily crack down on the ticket traffickers and "exhibition worms" very much hated by the public in an effort to ensure a super-clean fair and an elite fair.
All Booths for Professional Exhibitions Booked Out
CHTF 2005 has integrated all resources of its professional product exhibitions to focus more on key industries while abolishing those with relatively small scale and chaotic organization. Priorities are given to "IT of CHTF", "CHTF/Electronic Products", and "CHTF/Opto-FPD".
Statistics show that by the end of August this year, all booths of the three exhibitions were roughly booked out. Ninety-eight percent of the 30,000-square-meter exhibition area of "IT of CHTF" has been booked or reserved, the figure for "CHTF/Opto-FPD" reached 95 percent; while 98 percent of the exhibition area of "CHTF/Electronic Products" has been booked by 12 multinationals and more than 100 renowned enterprises.
CHTF's Market Orientation Means Reduced Government Support
Thanks to its market-oriented operation, CHTF 2005 is expected to rely less on government budget support.
This session of CHTF has also been actively probing for market-oriented operations in an effort to best utilize the two major functions, exhibition and convention, of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.
Through various sorts of market-oriented operations in exhibition and convention services, CHTF managed to increase its service revenue and reduce its operational cost to the best possible level. The management staff, acting upon the principle of seeking actual effect, canceled or merged a number of similar activities not only to cut unnecessary cost, but also to focus more resources on key activities with greater influence and better effect. Moreover, the city of Shenzhen will no longer maintain an exclusive zone for all local exhibitors participating in CHTF 2005. The exhibitors, instead, may apply to show their products and technologies in the exhibiting zones allocated to their particular sectors. This alone saves the municipal government around 2 million yuan.
Source: CHTF news center