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FUTURE EVENTS World Routes


FUTURE EVENTS Pearls of wisdom for 2018


WORLD ROUTES 2018, 15-18 SEPTEMBER 2018, CANTON FAIR COMPLEX, GUANGZHOU, CHINA


ROUTES ASIA 2017, OKINAWA CONVENTION CENTER, 19-22 MARCH 2017, OKINAWA, JAPAN.


World Routes will return to China next year when the forum is held in Guangzhou in the Pearl River Delta


The third largest city in China and capital of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou is a powerhouse of the Chinese economy. Known for its perennial blooming plants, the “City of Flowers” has been an integral part of Guangdong’s economic boom since the 1990s. Last year Guangdong cemented its position as the country’s largest provincial economy for the 28th consecutive year, with GDP exceeding 7.9 trillion yuan (US$1.15 trillion). The 24th annual World Routes


forum will support Guangzhou’s further economic development by bringing the international aviation industry to the city. It is a major opportunity to showcase Guangzhou’s commercial strength and the expansion of the 15th busiest airport in the world, Baiyun International. Last year Baiyun International


Airport handled 59.78 million passengers. A second terminal is currently under construction to increase annual capacity to 80 million passengers. The long-term aim is for the airport to have five runways and three terminals to handle 62,000 flights, 100 million passengers and three million tons of cargo a year. World Routes 2018 will also


support President Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road initiative. The purpose of One Belt, One Road is to create a modern day Silk Road from China through to Central and Western Asia, the Middle East and Europe, strengthening the country’s trade relations through greater international connections by air, land and sea. “China is currently the world’s


second largest aviation market and it is predicted to overtake the US by 2024,” says Steven Small, brand director of Routes.


126 ISSUE 5 ROUTES NEWS 2017 routesonline.com


A modern office building in Guangzhou


“Within China, Guangzhou is a


potent driving force of the national economy. It is taking a leading role in China’s national strategy to improve international transport connections.” World Routes 2018 will be hosted by Guangdong Airport Authority. Around 3,000 of the most senior decision makers from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities are expected to attend the event. Zhang Kejian, chairman of Guangdong Airport Authority’s board, says: “The development of Baiyun International Airport as a giant


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international air hub is an essential part of the national Chinese strategy to enhance the status of its civil aviation from ‘large’ to ‘powerful’. “Taking the great opportunity


of hosting World Routes 2018 will definitely improve Baiyun International Airport ’s international connections, further boost national and regional economic and social development, enhance the core city status of Guangzhou in China, as well as promote the development of the world-class city group in the Pearl River Delta.” The Guangzhou event will be the


third World Routes to be held in China. Chengdu hosted the forum last year and Beijing was the host city in 2009.


The Laozi Statue at the Taoist temple in Guangzhou


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