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Curtain falls on CIMCF 2013 (Shanghai)

[2013-04-22]

The China (Shanghai) International Meetings and Conferences Forum 2013 (CIMCF) drew to a close this morning after having completed all items on the agenda. Over 200 delegates from PCOs, DMCs, airlines, universities, government, MICE cities attended the forum.

In one day and a half, delegates and experts have opened up for in-depth discussion on the impact of economy on the development of the meetings industry in China and the construction of norms and standards of China`s meeting services.

Dao Shuming, Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration attended the forum and delivered a speech. According to Dao, Shanghai organized a total of 780 international conferences, 29 more over 2011, including 277 corporate meetings, which represented 35.5% of the total and an increase of 21 or 8.2% over 2011; 237 association meetings, which accounted for 30.4% of the total and a decrease of 16 or 6.3 % over 2011; 232 seminars and forums, which accounted for 29.7% of the total and an increase of 38 or 19.6% over 2011; 34 meetings of other nature (including government meetings, which accounted for 4.4% of the total and a decrease of 14 or 29.2% over 2011. Statistics of 2011 and 2012 show that the past two years has seen the number of government meetings falling and the number of corporate meetings (including business meetings) going up, which has had a significant impact on the entire meetings market.

Also, a number of influential international association meetings will be held in Shanghai in 2013, including the 2013 International Pediatric Nephrology Conference, the 2013 Asia-Pacific Digestive Diseases Academic Week Conference & the World Gastroenterology Conference, the 26th International Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism Seminar. In particular, the 2013 Asia-Pacific Digestive Academic Week Conference & World Gastroenterology Conference is expected to attract 15,000 delegates.

During the forum, the MICE Professional Committee affiliated to branch of Shanghai Municipal Tourism Standardization Technical Committee was established. Following the release of the country`s first set regional meetings services standards, "Management & Service Standards of Conference Industry Part1: Conference Organizers", the establishment of the committee is to regulate Shanghai`s meetings services market, promote standardization and specialization of the city`s meetings services, and help drive Shanghai towards its goal of becoming an international business meetings destination.

Organized by Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration and Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism DevelopmentThe forum is a great platform where participants can share ideas, discuss policies and benefit from each other`s experiences. It will put China`s meetings and tourism industry in a better position to compete in the international arena and grow the market of the sector.

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