CRI Report: According to the National Convention & Exhibition Development Committee of Chinese Ministry of Commerce, China totally held 7,813 exhibitions (equal to more than 20 exhibitions per day) in 2012, increasing by 14.3% over 2011. Among that, the proportion of exhibitions held in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou was 22.4%; the total output value of convention & exhibition industry reached CNY 358.7 billion, creating employment opportunities for 19.50 million people. In 2012, China's total exhibition area reached 90.98 million square meters, increasing by 12% over 2011. Meanwhile, the number of exhibitions held abroad obviously reached 1536 with more than 50,000 exhibitors.
In recent years, China convention & exhibition industry develops rapidly, but it is still confronted with problems like repeated constructions of exhibition halls, homogeneous competitions, malicious falsehood, etc. China convention & exhibition industry lacks an overall development plan, so its market orders need to be regulated and the industrial structure should be optimized. In order to further regulate convention & exhibition industry and promote its healthy development, the National Convention & Exhibition Development Committee of Chinese Ministry of Commerce released the industrial standards in the National Convention Centre.
The newly-released industrial standards have detailed rules in aspects like grade evaluation of operating services, the qualification of employees, post criterions, etc. The new standards are not only conducive to perfecting the statistical system, index system, survey system and statistical network of convention & exhibition industry but also establishing the information issuing platform, providing foundations in formulating industrial policies and management decisions. It is said that the new standards involve contents like the establishment of exhibition projects, the qualifications of exhibitors, the operation and service regulations of exhibition halls, services of decoration enterprises, etc.
The industrial insiders consider that China convention & exhibition industry still has not been fully the developed and the classifications of convention & exhibition industry are still ambiguous. It is difficult to define exposition, temple fair, trade fair and so on in essence, which is why the related rating standards are limited to "professional exhibitions".