Why is Guangzhou favored by large international conferences?

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The CNBC Global Science and Technology Conference just ended, and Guangzhou ushered in the”Understanding China” international conference on the 20th. According to incomplete statistics, in the past month, in Guangzhou, south of the Tropic of Cancer, the”World Cross-border E-Commerce Conference””IFF< /span>The 17th Global Annual Conference””World City Organization Guangzhou World Council Meeting” and other major conferences. The conference was convened intensively in Guangzhou, not only because of historical precipitation factors, but also because of the better prevention and control of the epidemic. What is more commendable is the recovery of Guangzhou’s convention and exhibition industry and the rise of urban functions.

Historically, from the 13th to the Canton Fair, Guangzhou has played the role of China’s”business window”. Under the unprecedented changes in a century, the influence of Guangzhou’s platform city has been further released. At the same time that the functions of the millennium business capital have risen, it also brings up the question:What kind of city is suitable for meetings? Why is Guangzhou favored by large international conferences?

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International exchanges have advantages, food and culture have highlights

Recently, the international management consulting company ATKearney released the”2020 Global City Index Report” (GCI), Guangzhou once again made a stunning appearance. Among them, among the global TOP100 cities, 13 cities in China are on the list. Compared with last year, Guangzhou rose by 8 places, ranking 63rd in the world, with the highest rate of increase among the first-tier cities and ranking fifth in the country.

The”Global City Index” is not only a ranking of economic indicators, but also a comprehensive ranking covering five dimensions including economy, talent, information, culture, and politics. The report analyzes that the rise in Guangzhou’s ranking is mainly reflected in the improvement in human capital and cultural experience dimensions.

Comparing the twin star cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, whether it is GCI”Global City Index” or GaWC”World City List”, Guangzhou ranks higher than Shenzhen. An important reason is that Guangzhou’s international influence is not only It is only reflected in the economic field, but also in all aspects of international communication, education, medical care, and culture.

Taking foreign consulates as a reference, As of June 30, 2020, Guangzhou has 65 foreign consulates in Guangzhou, second only to Beijing and Shanghai. Hu Gang, President of the South China Urban Research Association, said:”Which city to choose for holding large-scale conferences is only one aspect of economic development. It also depends on whether its culture and cuisine are representative. Leisure experience is also a very important part. At the end of the conference, guests will be arranged to visit the local area to taste local food and culture.”

Over the years, with the promotion of Lingnan culture and the spread of the reputation of”Food in Guangzhou”, Guangzhou has gradually become Cities recognized by the Party and suitable for meetings are favored by the organizers of large-scale international conferences.

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Venues and hotel facilities are complete, and experience in hosting events

“The development of a city, of course, depends on self-struggle, but it also needs to consider the course of history.“Guangzhou itself is a city famous for hosting grand events.

During the Ming and Qing dynasties when”tiles could not go to sea”, Guangzhou was sitting on the”Thirteen Lines” and began to do business with foreigners. After the founding of New China, Guangzhou’s”diplomatic” function was once again emphasized.

At that time, the”First Five-Year Plan” was implemented, and a large number of construction materials such as rubber, fertilizer, steel, machinery and even asphalt needed to be imported. From the autumn of 1955 to the spring of 1956, several small-scale material import and export exchange meetings were held before and after the Guangdong foreign trade system, with good results. This drew the attention of Yan Yijun, the then special commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Guangzhou and concurrently director of the Guangdong Foreign Trade Bureau.

In an article written by him, there is this content:“Since the small one works well, why not build a large one? Collect all foreign trade companies from all walks of life across the country into one At the exhibition, foreign businessmen are invited to negotiate face-to-face transactions to win more foreign exchange for the country and support the country’s construction.”

With the consent of the then Guangdong Provincial Party Secretary Tao Zhu, in early June 1956, Yan Yijun requested instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Trade via telegram in his own name and suggested holding a national export commodity exhibition exchange meeting in Guangzhou.

With a flick of a finger, the Canton Fair has gone through 63 springs and autumns, and has become the oldest, highest-level, and largest comprehensive international trade exhibition in China. It is known as the”weathervane” and”sunny rain” of Sino-foreign trade. Table”, shaping the face of this thousand-year-old business capital city.

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This also saves to the greatest extent possible pre-preparation for venue facilities and conference reception in Guangzhou. Now in Guangzhou, there are already a number of key exhibition venues such as China Export Commodities Fair Liuhua Road Complex, Guangzhou Pazhou Exhibition Center, Guangzhou International Convention Center, Poly World Trade Center Expo.

After Guangzhou’s bid to host the Asian Games, the Pearl River New City has risen, the Guangzhou Asian Games City has gradually become a climate, and the urban framework of Guangzhou has also changed due to the Asian Games. Guangzhou has also gradually gained recognition from all walks of life and has been favored by large international conferences. Guangzhou successfully hosted the Asian Games in 2010, which allowed Guangzhou to add valuable experience in preparing for large-scale events.

On June 15, the 127th Canton Fair opened in the”cloud” for the first time. This was the first time that the Canton Fair was”online” as a whole. In the face of new opportunities and challenges, the Canton Fair did not simply migrate the physical exhibition to the Internet, but invited Internet giant Tencent to carry out a new structural design and process reengineering.

Today, the Canton Fair has established trade relations with more than 210 countries and regions around the world, with a total of approximately 8.8 million overseas buyers attending the fair, which is the longest, largest and most effective”China’s First Exhibition” witnessed and promoted the history of global trade.

With such a historical background, it is not surprising that Guangzhou is becoming a conference city.

Convenient transportation by sea, land and air, and a prominent hub position

As a national historical and cultural city, since the Qin Dynasty, Guangzhou has always been governed by the county, state, and government The administrative center is also the political, military, economic, cultural, scientific and educational center of South China.

The central role is closely related to the geographical location of Guangzhou-because it is backed by the Eurasian continent and faces the world’s largest ocean-the Pacific Ocean, Guangzhou has become the main port of the Maritime Silk Road since the Eastern Han Dynasty. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, it became China’s largest port. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was the only major foreign trade port in China and the only major port in the world that lasted more than 2,000 years.

The savvy businessmen in Guangzhou realized the importance of agglomeration brought about by convenient transportation. The current noisy professional market itself has the continuation of the thirteen business lines in Guangzhou for hundreds of years. At the time when e-commerce is prevalent, Guangzhou has once again seized the advantages of convenient transportation, sufficient supply of goods, and timely delivery to become the trend of the”live broadcast economy.”

These honours floating on the surface are supported by a huge transportation hub system.

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In the era of river shipping, Guangzhou’s geographical advantages at the intersection of three rivers laid the foundation for its prosperity. During the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou’s rail transit, railway network, port route distribution, and international flights have all been spread out, covering the flow of people, information, and events.

Located in the core of the Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou can go to the sea from Nansha to the south, radiate the mainland through Shaoguan in the north, Shenzhen and Hong Kong in the east, and Zhuhai and Macau in the west. Last year, the Guangzhou Municipal Government issued a notice on the”Guangzhou Comprehensive Transportation Hub Master Plan (2018-2035)”. This is mentioned in the transportation plan that dominates Guangzhou, the national central city for the next 17 years–

As one of the country’s three major comprehensive transportation hubs, Guangzhou will be built into a global transportation hub in 2035. If this plan is just a vision, the current Guangzhou transportation layout can better demonstrate Guangzhou’s hard-core transportation strength.

The official website of the National Development and Reform Commission recently issued a reply on the construction plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Intercity Railway. Recently, a total of 13 intercity railways and 5 hub projects have been planned and constructed in the Greater Bay Area. Among them, one city in Guangzhou occupies 11.

Committed to building”the best railway station in the world”, Guangzhou South Railway Station has achieved 1-hour coverage of all cities and regions in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, 4-hour coverage of the South China living circle, and 8-hour connectivity to the whole country. A”Golden Corridor” in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area formed by the high-speed rail has been fully completed and has become a key node connecting the”Belt and Road”, the Pearl River Delta, the Central South and the Southwest.

In terms of ports, Guangzhou Port made a breakthrough in production from January to October, completing a cargo throughput of 527 million tons and a container throughput of 19.25 million TEU (standard containers), an increase of 0.71%and 0.54%year-on-year respectively. The throughput ranking in the third quarter was ranked fourth in the coastal ports nationwide.

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As for aviation, Guangzhou’s Baiyun Airport will soon have a third terminal, and it will also be To Shenzhen. From January to October this year, the passenger throughput of Baiyun Airport was 33.898 million, ranking first among airports in the country and second in the world.

For airports, an important indicator reflecting the level of operation is the normal rate of flight clearance. The normal flight clearance rate of Baiyun Airport has increased from 78.98%in 2017 to 89.10%in 2019, ranking first among the three major domestic airports for three consecutive years.

Starting from September 2018, Baiyun Airport’s regular flight clearance rate has exceeded 80%for 25 consecutive months, and its single-month flight departure punctuality rate once ranked fourth among the world’s major airports, establishing a global leading position .

Whether it is the professional market in the past or the current international conferences, a simple economic logic behind it is to reduce costs, and this is closely related to the degree and efficiency of Guangzhou’s connection with the outside world.

The market is vibrant, and emerging companies blow out

Guangzhou’s exhibition industry is showing a strong recovery trend, behind which is the growth of Guangzhou’s service industry The proportion of GDP in GDP has increased year by year. According to statistics, the added value of Guangzhou’s modern service industry accounted for 65.5%of the added value of the service industry in 2016, 66.10%in 2017, and 66.5%in 2018.

Take Tianhe District as an example. In 2018, Tianhe District’s GDP was 460.88 billion yuan, an increase of 9.2%, and both the total amount and growth rate ranked first in the city. Among them, the added value of the service industry accounted for 93%of GDP, and the added value of the modern service industry represented by high-end industries such as finance, new-generation information technology, business services, and modern commerce increased by 11.4%, accounting for 61.8%of GDP. Behind the first economic increase is the city’s lowest energy consumption per unit GDP, showing the great advantages of the modern service industry in the primary, secondary and tertiary industries.

According to the”Guangzhou Service Economy Development Plan (2016-2025)”, by 2020 and 2025, the added value of Guangzhou’s service industry will reach 1.96 trillion yuan and 2.8 trillion yuan, and the service industry will increase On the basis that the proportion of the added value of the modern service industry in the GDP and the added value of the modern service industry in the added value of the service industry will reach 70%in 2020, both will be increased to 71.5%in 2025.

Give a glimpse and see all the leopards.

Guangzhou South Railway Station, now the largest high-speed rail passenger station in South China, is surrounded by Wanbo Business District, a national first-class university city, Guangzhou International Technology Innovation City, Panyu Automobile City, and a 5A-level tourist and cultural center , Sanlong Bay high-end innovation cluster area, in the future, a large-scale comprehensive commercial service area will be built to gather huge flow of people, logistics, business, capital and information.

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New and cutting-edge enterprises in Guangzhou have also become the reason why international conferences favor Guangzhou.

In the past three years, many local companies in Nansha have used the Global Science and Technology Conference to board CNBC and have emerged on the international stage. Xiaoma Zhixing boarded the Global Science and Technology Conference three years ago. Today, three years later, it has become the most highly valued company in the driverless industry in the country. After the latest round of investment in November, it was valued at more than US$5.3 billion.

“ContinuouslyThree years to Nansha, I can feel the changes every year. Every year there are new high-tech companies appearing here. We can hear it here More good stories, new expectations every year.” said Max Raven, senior vice president of Catalyst, CNBC’s internal corporate communications agency.

“Through the platform built by CNBC, we understand the pain points and difficulties of enterprises and what the most cutting-edge information is. This is very helpful for the government to formulate forward-looking policies.” Nansha Development Xie Xiaohui, director of the District Bureau of Commerce, said.

In the recent meeting of the World Council of the World City Organization in Guangzhou, Guangzhou, the World City Organization and the World Metropolis Association jointly created the Guangzhou International City Innovation Award, which has become a promotion for the sustainable development of the United Nations. Goals, an important platform to implement the new urban agenda.

Political and business elites focus on core issues, contribute their opinions and predict the future. In the era of digital economy, answering these questions is an important entry point for understanding China. Hu Gang paid attention to the”information sharing value” brought about by large-scale conferences in Guangzhou.

“In the past, in order to understand the experience of urban development around the world, Guangzhou may send an investigation team to non-stop research and visits one city by one city. The rapid arrival and sharing of different development experiences provides reference and experience for urban governance.” Hu Gang said.

Medical masters are in charge, and anti-epidemic is guaranteed

Under the global new crown pneumonia epidemic, a city with”Zhong Nanshan” in charge , Can give participants more sense of security. Behind this, it also brings out another aspect of Guangzhou’s strength:medical treatment.

On November 14, the Institute of Hospital Management of Fudan University released the latest”Fudan Version of Chinese Hospital Rankings.” This year, nine hospitals in Guangdong have entered the national comprehensive top 100 list, all from Guangzhou. Among them, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University ranked 6th in the”2019 Chinese Hospital Ranking (Comprehensive)”, ranking first in South China. Among the top 100 cities for hospitals, Guangzhou is second only to Beijing and Shanghai.

The top 50 Guangdong hospitals include Southern Hospital of Southern Medical University, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Sun Yat-Sen University Sun Yat-sen Ophthalmology Center, and Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center entered the top 100.

In the”2019 Chinese Hospital Specialty Reputation Rankings”, Sun Yat-sen University’s Zhongshan Ophthalmology Center has been ranked first in the Chinese Hospital Specialty Reputation Rankings and the Comprehensive Ranking of Ophthalmology for 11 consecutive years.

Southern Hospital of Southern Medical University, Department of Pathology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Department of Nephrology, Department of Gastroenterology, Plastic Surgery, and Hematology have also entered the top ten specialties in the country; Department of Radiology, Cardiovascular, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital Department of Diseases, Cardiac Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine, and Ophthalmology are among the top ten in the country.

Guangzhou Medical University Affiliated Brain Hospital and Shenzhen Mental Health Center were among the top ten in the country; the Stomatological Hospital Affiliated to Guanghua School of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University was selected as one of the top ten national dental specialties; Guangzhou Women and Children Medical Center Pediatrics, Pediatric surgery ranks among the top ten in the country, among which pediatric surgery ranks second…

For vaccines of global concern, the 2020 Guanzhou International Biological Forum will be held in Huangpu District, Guangzhou and Guangzhou Development Zone on November 16. On the previous page, Zhong Nanshan said that in terms of vaccines, foreign Pfizer vaccines can prevent 90%of infections. In fact, the research and development of vaccines in Guangdong and even China is at a similar level.

In order to prevent the importation of overseas epidemics, starting from March 21st, all persons entering from overseas (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) through Guangzhou port, as well as those who enter Guangzhou through Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions and foreign ports Those who have a history of residence in a foreign country within 14 days before Guangzhou, and whose destination is Guangzhou, all undergo nucleic acid testing. The country’s top medical level and strict epidemic prevention measures have provided”reassurance” for holding large conferences in Guangzhou.

Climate factors are also a big consideration. The song”South of Nanshan” has such a lyric:You are snowing in the southern sun, and I am like spring in the cold night of the north. To a certain extent, it reflects the difference in climate between north and south.

In Guangzhou, people’s ridicule about the climate has shifted from”failure in winter” to”failure in autumn”. Long summer and short winter have created the reputation of”Guangzhou Flower City”.

From a strict geographical definition, most of Guangzhou is located south of the Tropic of Cancer and belongs to the tropical zone. However, because it is backed by Baiyun Mountain and faces the Lingding Ocean, Guangzhou’s maritime climate features are particularly remarkable, with warm and rainy, sufficient light and heat, small temperature differences, long summers and short frost periods. In addition, the Pearl River, the third largest river in China, flows through the city center of Guangzhou. It is like spring all year round with blooming flowers.

The average annual temperature in Guangzhou is 21.4-21.9 degrees, and the average annual rainfall is 1623.6-1899.8 mm. The north is more than the south. Considering the cost of the same meeting, Guangzhou can also reduce a lot of heating expenses.

“With the spread of the global epidemic, both countries and industries urgently need to respond to the current situation and find a consensus for development. The economic foundation and epidemic prevention conditions like Guangzhou naturally attract the host The attention of the party has become the first choice for hosting the conference.” said a senior media person.

From”Exhibition” to”Discussion”:National Central City Mission

For large national conferences, the right to host is the right to speak. The status of Guangzhou as a city will be changed due to”IFF Global Annual Conference”,”CNBC Global Technology Conference” and so on. Compared with Shenzhen’s”High-tech Fair” and”Cultural Fair” which focus on economic function transactions, Guangzhou is transforming from a traditional city of conventions and exhibitions to a city of conferences.

Literally:”Exhibition” and”Discussion” reflect two completely different urban functions. In a narrow sense,”exhibition” focuses more on economic functions to conclude deals.”Discussion” requires”brainstorming” to form opinions and shape the city’s right to speak.

Guangzhou’s function of holding international conferences complements its city positioning.

In February 2010, the”National Urban System Planning (2010-2020)” issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development clearly proposed the planning and positioning of the five major national central cities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chongqing).

The national central city is at the highest level of the urban system and is also known as the spire city.

According to the China Urban Planning and Design Institute’s vision, national central cities must have considerable international influence and competitiveness, be able to represent the country in international competition, and promote international politics, economy, culture and society. Exchanges and cooperation.

It is precisely because of the different city positioning that makes Guangzhou’s conventions and exhibitions functional changes. On the 20th, the “2020’Understanding China’ Guangzhou International Conference” held in Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou, attracted nearly a hundred politicians, strategists, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. It has become the world’s best understanding of China’s development strategy. One of the platforms of influence.

This is the second time this high-end forum has come to this city, highlighting the significance of Guangzhou as a window for the world to observe China’s high-quality development. Behind it is the sponsor’s suitability for Guangzhou, a national central city. Recognition for hosting large international conferences.

From the theme of the recent conference held in Guangzhou,”Cities and local governments in the epidemic”,”New infrastructure empowers the digital economy”,”East-west technology dialogue”,”East-west technology talks”, and”big Changes, big tests, big cooperation-China’s new journey of modernization and a community with a shared future for mankind””Comprehensive and sustainable development-discuss cooperation and crisis response””Cross-border e-commerce new opportunities and new challenges”, all of them are related to the current China Development ambition.

Guangzhou has won the right to host international conferences, and the wonderful views brought by experts and scholars from various fields collide. On the one hand, it has increased global attention in different regions of Guangzhou and brought potential investment opportunities. On the other hand, through media exposure, a number of influential decisions, suggestions, and opinions were disseminated to enhance the right to speak in the region where the conference was held.

The development trend of various districts in Guangzhou is also fully reflected in the choice of meeting venues.

From Yuexiu to Haizhu, from Haizhu to Nansha, the Guangzhou Conference stretches eastward and seaward. Witnessing to participate in the whole process of Guangzhou’s bid to host the Asian Games, Liu Jiangnan, the former director of the Guangzhou Sports Bureau, has a view:the right to host large-scale events is the right to development. Behind the right to host large-scale conferences is the influence and the right to speak.

The International Finance Forum (IFF) global annual meeting was held in Pazhou, Guangzhou last year. After moving to Nansha this year, the”2020 Global Green Finance Innovation Award” will be launched for the first time, reflecting the innovation of international industry rules . This year, the fifth”Guangzhou Award” received a total of 273 project applications from 175 cities in 60 countries. Emilia Seitz, Secretary-General of the World Urban Land Organization, said in her speech that the”Guangzhou Award” provides a good opportunity for local governments and regional organizations to communicate and make a great contribution to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In the first three quarters of this year, China-ASEAN trade totaled US$481.81 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.0%, and ASEAN became China’s largest trading partner.”Choosing to’understand China’ in Guangzhou is also an adjustment to the shift of the global economic center of gravity to the Asia-Pacific. Guangzhou’s geographic location, historical traditions, cultural characteristics, and transportation infrastructure are all organized for Guangzhou Large-scale meetings have laid the foundation.” Hu Gang said.

[Nanfang Daily, Southern+Reporter] Zhu Ziqiang

[Coordinator] He Shan

[Author] Zhu Ziqiang; He Shan

[ Source] Southern Press Media Group Southern+Client

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