The 16th China Yiwu Cultural & Tourism Products Trade Fair
China Yiwu Cultural Products Trade Fair (short for “Yiwu Cultural Fair”), founded in 2006 and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, was awarded as “China’s Most Influential Brand Exhibition in Culture Industry” in 2008 and upgraded to the only foreign trade-oriented national exhibition in culture and sports industry in 2010. In 2013, the 8th Yiwu Cultural Fair set up a total of 3,320 international standard booths in an exhibition area of nearly 70,000 square meters, realizing a turnover of 4.83 billion Yuan, including foreign trade turnover 2.915 billion Yuan. After years of development, Yiwu Cultural Fair has become an important platform for cultural products trade (exports), culture industry exhibition, cultural information exchange, and cultural cooperation, and thus been listed among key supporting brand exhibitions during “the Twelfth Five Period” by the Ministry of Culture.
China Cultural Fair is held in Yiwu, a city owns the world largest consumer goods wholesale market which has a business area of 5.5 million square meters, accommodates 75,000 booths, and sells more than 1.8 million kinds of consumer goods, including about 50,000 kinds from 83 other countries and regions. The annual flow of foreign merchants to the city is over 400,000. More than 13,000 overseas merchants from over 100 countries and regions are residing in Yiwu. The logistics system is well developed. Yiwu is one of the three pilot cities on “customs clearance” by the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province and one of the first 17 international land port cities identified by the UNESCAP. Benefiting from the strong support by the market, the Yiwu exhibition industry has been developing rapidly. Honored as “China Most Promising Exhibition City”, Yiwu has built the national first-class International Expo Center on a total construction area of 330,000 square meters, which can provide more than 7,000 international standard indoor booths. With its complete facilities, more than 150 exhibition events are held every year.