The West Lake International Expo in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province will be held next month. The event should be a major success, judging from past figures.
After the area’s first expo took place in 1929, the annual event was halted until just a decade ago, when local officials decided change was in order.
Last year’s expo featured 124 conferences and exhibitions, generating RMB13.8 billion (US$2.06 billion) in trade revenue. Hangzhou attracted over RMB6.8 billion (US$1 billion) in foreign capital and RMB13.2 billion (US$1.97 billion) in domestic investment.
Exhibits covered nearly 1.35 million square meters, up almost 11% from 2008, and the expo attracted 12.9 million participants.
According to China.org.cn, the 2009 expo generated more than 4,000 news reports, the most of any in its recent history. An official event website received 57.4 million visits.
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