The 19th West Lake International Expo and the 3rd World Leisure Expo will be held between October 20 and November 12 in Hangzhou, the city announced today.
The West Lake International Expo is an important platform for Hangzhou to develop the expo industry, and for the world to better understand the city. Meanwhile, the leisure expo aims to highlight the latest developments of leisure industries from around the world.
With a total of 33 programs, the two events are expected to achieve a trade turnover of 10 billion yuan (US$1.52 billion) and attract US$1 billion in foreign investment and 10 billion yuan in domestic investment.
Since Hangzhou hosted the G20 Summit last year, the city government has decided to give full play to the post-G20 effect — this year's West Lake Expo will feature the theme of "magnifying the G20 effect."
A special conference will be held on the topic of urban development and building the city into a destination for international conferences and exhibitions. Other forums will focus on themes such as artificial intelligence, brain science, computing, cultural and creative industries.
With the slogan "Better Leisure, Better Life," discussion of leisure business will also be a key element during the 23-day leisure expo.
A total of 51 leisure cities from 40 countries and regions related to the "One Belt One Road" initiative will participate in an exhibition, one of the key programs of the expo, to showcase their own characteristics of leisure life and leisure industry.