Inter Airport Returns To Beijing In 2008

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has now finalised dates for its third inter airport show in China. inter airport China 2008 will take place in Beijing's China International Exhibition Centre from 2 to 4 December 2008.

The dates have been fixed to take advantage of the continuing development of airport infrastructure in China, and also with a view to co-ordinating these dates with those of inter airport India. Both events, inter Airport China and inter airport India, are designed to enable exhibitors to take advantage of the supply opportunities brought about by the aviation boom in emerging markets. They exist as satellite events, organised from time to time, in support of the major international trade show, inter airport Europe, which takes place on a fixed two-year cycle in Munich, Germany.

The last inter airport show in Bejing took place in September 2006. Officially opened by the Vice-Minister of General Administration of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Mr Wang Changshun, the event attracted nearly 3,000 industry professionals. While some 90 per cent of these were from China, there were also visitors from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Exhibitors totalled 134 from 23 countries, including national groups from Finland, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Participants expressed high levels of satisfaction in both the business benefits of the event and in its organisation.

Show Director Tom Ho commented: "The exhibition was very well received by companies taking part. Many spoke of the valuable contacts they established and of the excellent business opportunities on offer in the airport market in China. There was also very strong support for running the show again in 2008. Given the continuing development of Chinese airports, but also taking into account the scheduling of inter airport India, we felt it best to allow a slightly longer cycle in respect of inter airport China. The dates at the very beginning of December 2008 are ideal for Chinese visitors."

Show approval ratings were boosted by a highly successful and well-attended Meet the Buyers programme, during which senior figures from China's airports sector outlined their development plans to organisations participating in the exhibition.

China plans to continue to invest large sums in its airport infrastructure. Between the present and 2010, USD17.4 billion is earmarked for expanding the system, with much of this figure paying for the construction of no fewer than 42 new airports, as well as the expansion of existing facilities to cope with booming air traffic. These plans underline the unique opportunities available in China to suppliers of airport technology.

Mack Brooks Exhibitions again has the support for inter airport China 2008 of the CAAC, the China Aviation Supplies Import & Export Group Corporation (CASGC) and the latter's subsidiary, the China Civil Aviation Technology & Equipment Co Ltd (AVITEC). Formerly known as CASITC, AVITEC's broad remit includes equipment tendering both domestically and internationally for airport and ATC equipment, as well as the import and export of aviation-related equipment and services. Its list of references includes tendering and purchasing for more than 100 large-scale civil aviation infrastructure projects.

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has long-standing expertise in organising trade exhibitions for the airports sector, most notably through its inter airport Europe shows. The next of these takes place in Munich, Germany, in October 2007, the 16th in this series of world-leading events. In 2007 the company also successfully staged its first airport show in India. inter airport India 2007, staged in New Delhi in February, was visited by more than 2, 900 industry professionals.

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