In 2014,the World Horticultural Exposition, China International Consumer Electronics Show, and the first Sino-Korean CEO Forum were all hosted in Qingdao. There are average 2 conventions and exhibitions every 3 days in Qingdao. The exhibition industry is praised as the leading tertiary industry. Why all these exhibitions were hosted in Qingdao?
The successfully holding of the first Qingdao International Beer Festival in June, 1991 makes the world know about Qingdao. According to statistics, there are over 260 exhibitions and conferences hosted in Qingdao in 2014 and the total area is 2.4 million square meters, increased 36% and 33% respectively compared with previous year.
APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting is one of the international conferences held in Qingdao with highest level and largest scale. It not only promotes the partnership among future Asia-Pacific partners, but also plays an important role in insuring the successfully holding of APEC Conference in Beijing. Qingdao has also shown the world its capability and first-class facilities to host international conferences. In fact, APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting enhances the reputation of Qingdao and increased its chance of international cooperation.