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Number of business exhibitions in China 2011-2019

China is regarded as the key emerging market in the global exhibition industry. In 2019, a total of 11,033 business exhibitions were organized in 187 major cities in the country, nearly 2,800 more compared to 2011. As the largest exhibition market in Asia, the Chinese trade show industry has just entered a stage of consolidation and restructuring.

The precious gift

Exhibitions play a vital role in Chinese national economic development. Not only do they attract trade and investment, but also bring in jobs and visitors. The exhibition industry has been thriving mostly in the economically developed regions in China, particularly in the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, and the Bohai Rim. In 2019, there were 292 exhibition venues in operation nationwide. Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Guangdong were the leading regions for trade fairs and conventions.

The next level

In fact, the Chinese government has been quite supportive of this 200 billion U.S. dollar industry. After a series of policies and resources had been directed into building exhibition venues, China has some of the largest exhibition centers in the world, such as the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai and the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center. With the accelerating construction of exhibition infrastructure, more exhibition halls would be ready for international expos and trade fairs. It suffices to say that the exhibition infrastructure in China has matured, yet the future challenges would come from ongoing logistical development, such as exhibition operation and venue management.

Number of trade exhibitions in China from 2011 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020


Asia, China

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

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