12 December 2019
Beijing -- From December 5th to 6th, Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention & Exhibition Center turned into the “hot spot” for many Business Events professionals in China. The annual China Meetings Industry Convention (CMIC) ended on high note in Beijing after two days of intensive networking and education. More than 2,000 industry professionals attended this largest event dedicated to the local industry, of which more than 110 local academic organisations were in attendance. They discussed different business proposals, networked and attended wonderful educational lectures.
Hailed as the biggest and most prestigious event in the industry, CMIC is organized by MeetingsChina Magazine and hosted by Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, China Convention and Exhibition Society (CCES) and Beijing Huairou People’s Government. Entering its 12th year, the event has rapidly evolved into an all-encompassing experience featuring impeccable content covering a plethora of topics – from international association meetings to technology events and AI. Highlights of the event including dozens of high-level partner events such as China Association Meetings Summit, China MICE Hall of Figures, “MICE Star” Awarding Ceremony, Roundtable Meeting of International Convention Centers, China MICE Cities Alliance Conference and DMC Convention. CMIC is also known for its unique tradition – publishing its annual highly anticipated Big Data Reports focusing on the Chinese market. Four reports were released at this year’s event, namely, “CMIC 2019 Data Analysis on China Meetings Market”, “2019 – 2020 China MICE Procurement Market Research Report”, “2019-2020 China Event Market Research Report” and “2019-2020 Beijing Team Building and MICE Market Research Report”
Connections and collaborations spearheaded the two-day event. An exhibition area with stations dedicated to buyers and exhibitors was buzzing with pre-scheduled appointments. This year there were over 15 cities present – Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha, Dalian, Dunhuang, Hainan, Hangzhou, Langfang, Ningbo, Nanjing, Qingdao, Suzhou, Xiamen, Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Zhuhai - all of which are members of the China MICE Cities Alliance, an Alliance founded in 2012 which aims to promote China as a preferred business events destination. As it has been in the past, CMIC has received governmental endorsement in recognition of its role in empowering and promoting the development of China’s Business Events industry.
Mr. Wang Qing Dao, Editor-in-Chief of MeetingsChina Magazine, commented, “China has come a long way in international meetings industry. 50 years ago, China only hosted 1 international association event, which was the International Table Tennis Federation Congress in 1961. Today, China is one of the top 10 countries in ICCA ranking with an average of 400+ events held annually, and the line-up of future events is up to 2028. We hope CMIC will continue to be the platform for knowledge exchange and business networking, and act as the catalyst for industry advancement.”
ICCA, in collaboration with CMIC, organised the first ever ICCA Database Workshop with a full house of 45 participants, and powered the China International Conference Development Seminar.
As the largest annual gathering of Chinese Business Events elites, the China Meetings Industry Convention remains a focal point for meeting & event planners in the country to meet, network, learn and power business under one roof, bringing Chinese DMO, associations, corporations, incentive buyers as well as meetings industry professionals together.
About ICCA Asia Pacific Regional Office
The ICCA Asia Pacific Regional Office was established on 1 January 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to provide better membership support for Asia Pacific members. As a Regional Office of the ICCA Head Office in the Netherlands, this office aims to initiate and organise more ICCA activities in this region to enhance the value of membership for ICCA members. In addition, ICCA Asia Pacific also serves as Global Research Centre, dedicated to undertaking more comprehensive research projects for the benefit of members worldwide.
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