Acting as gateways to foreign markets, trade fairs provide companies with an effective marketing tool to use in their internationalisation campaigns.
Exhibitions allow businesses to showcase their latest products and services, to verify the state of competition in their industries, to learn of the recent market trends and opportunities, to identify suppliers and to build business contacts.
Nevertheless, to fully reap the benefits fairs have to offer, companies must be aware of the risks associated with exhibiting, such as an inadequate preparation for the event and poor follow up, an incomplete plan for IPR protection, or even the wrong selection of the exhibition to attend. Considering the costs associated with participating in trade shows in China, it is crucial that SMEs become aware of these risks and respond accordingly through the implementation of dedicated strategies.
The aim of this report is to help EU SMEs devise such strategies through the provision of practical advice for trade-fair selection and preparation, as well as of a list of the most relevant sector-specific exhibitions held yearly in China.
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1. China’s Convention and Exhibition Service Industry
2. Get Ready for the Show
Set Your Goals and Prepare
- Before the Event
- During the Exhibition
- After the Event
Secure Your Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
- Before You Go
- Once You Get There
- After the Event
3. Event Selection
- Tips for Trade Fair Selection
- The Automotive Industry
- The Construction Industry
- The Food and Beverage Industry
- The Healthcare Industry
- The ICT Sector
- The Machinery Sector
- The Textile and Apparel Industry in China