The 15th West Lake International Expo Hangzhou, China officially opened in Hangzhou on October 12. Themed “Innovative West Lake Expo, Beautiful Hangzhou,” the 29-day event selects 50 exhibition and festival programs from four major segments: trade and technology, cultural experience, tourism and leisure as well as traditional programs. The expo is expected to receive not less than 8 million visitors and generate 10 billion yuan (approx. US$1.6 billion) in trade business, US$1 billion in contracted foreign investment and 10 billion yuan (approx. US$1.6 billion) in domestic investment.
Focusing on the promotion of commerce and trade as well as of science and technology, this year’s expo highlights the importance of the role that the expo will play in the stable and orderly economic development of Hangzhou. A series of events have been scheduled in line with the expo’s focus, including the Entrepreneur Roundtable, China Science and Technology and Information Industry Week, Introduction to Central and Western China Investment Climate and Industrial Project, The China Hangzhou Cultural & Creative Industry Expo (CCIE), China Hangzhou International Automobile Industry Exhibition, China International Silk Fair and Women’s Wear Fair, China Global Investment Summit, Business Startup & Innovation Summit for the Elite of the Chinese Overseas Community, Asia Design Management Forum, Hangzhou Economic Cooperation Conference, China International Internet of Things Sensing Technologies and Application Summit Forum. These major conferences and exhibitions help the West Lake Expo gain focus, gather resources and push advancement.
The year’s 300,000-square meter expo, with more than 20 percent of the booths reserved for foreign exhibitors, is expected to attract upwards of 50,000 professional visitors, more than 50 participating countries and more than 10,000 professional buyers from abroad.