The Rise of Trade Fairs in the Asia-Pacific Region
Edited by Harald Bathelt and Gang Zeng
Chapter 8: Trade, knowledge circulation and diverse trade fair ecologies in China
According to many indicators, China is among the largest and fastest growing economies in the world and leader of the development processes in Asia. Related to this growth, the country has witnessed fast growth of trade fair activity in recent years (see Golfetto and Rinallo, this volume). At present, however, our knowledge about the structure and trends of the developing trade fair business in China is limited and has been under-researched in academic work. The development of trade fairs and the construction boom surrounding their infrastructure has been unique over the past 20 years (AUMA 2008; UFI 2011; Guo 2011; 2012). By 2009, there were a total of 31 large convention centers (with an indoor exhibition space of at least 50,000 square meters) in Chinese cities, offering a total indoor exhibition space of almost 2.5 million square meters. Within just two years, this infrastructure was extended by almost another 1 million to a total of 3.4 million square meters (+ 38 percent).
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