WCIF is Ready to Show the Charm of Western China

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With the theme of “New Era in China, New Action of the Western China“, the 17th Western China International Fair (hereinafter referred to as the “17th WCIF”) will be held in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, from September 20th to 24th at the International Exhibition Center of Western China International Expo City and Chengdu New Century City International Convention and Exhibition Center with a total exhibition area of about 260,000 square meters.

The exhibition of WCIF will be guided by the new pattern of “exhibition + industry” with two major sections: comprehensive display and industrial display. The comprehensive display section has set up “The Belt and Road” Cooperation Hall, highlighting the cooperation results between countries along “the Belt and Road” and provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) in China. The industry display section highlights cutting-edge technology, latest products and development trends in artificial intelligence, military-civilian integration, intelligent manufacturing, energy conservation and environmental protection, emergency, education, pension, agriculture and many other industries. Among displays, Italy, the main guest country, covers an area of 1,200 square meters and has five major sections: innovative technology, environmental and urban sustainability, health care, agricultural and wine and Italian lifestyle. At the same time, 11 events including the Opening Ceremony, the Opening Concert of Italian Night, the 6th China-Italy Food Safety Dialogue and so on will be held.

Up to now, enterprises from nearly 80 countries and regions, 29 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, 21 cities (states) in the province, more than 100 Fortune 500 companies and world-renowned companies have participated. There are 17 national pavilions. At the same time, the Opening Ceremony of WCIF and the Western China International Cooperation Forum, 2018 “The Belt and Road” Business Leaders Summit, the China (Sichuan) Non-public Economic Development Forum, the Western China Investment Briefing and Signing Ceremony of Economic Cooperation Projects and other events will be staged.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.