ATC Global moves to China for 2014

16 December 2013

As the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind, ATC Global has set the standard for air traffic management events worldwide. Having previously attracted over 5,500 industry professionals from 116 countries, the 24th year of the event will see it move to China, the fastest growing aviation market in the world.

Taking place 17-19 September at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, ATC Global will once again unite the international air traffic management (ATM) community for three days of business and networking, and will also facilitate high-level discussions around common industry issues.

ATC Global proactively sources international buyers who are actively procuring ATM technologies and solutions. The event facilitates hosted one-to-one meetings for participants in the programme who, in 2013, included representatives from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vietnam and Zimbabwe - alongside a host of European countries.

From its new location, ATC Global will continue its successful independently focused European-based legacy by providing a focal point and annual meeting place for equipment buyers, users and suppliers from across the globe. Hosting ATC Global in China for the first time reflects the growing importance that the region plays within the aviation industry as a key transport hub - regionally and internationally - while also recognising its strategic location between Europe and the Americas.

Paula Milburn, development director, aviation for UBM, explains: "We have been monitoring the global market with an eye on Asia for several years, and have spent the last two years conducting in-depth research while establishing relationships that will underpin the next chapter in the development of ATC Global. Over the last 23 years, the event has achieved strong growth and international reach from its regional roots in Europe. As the show continues to expand, the new location of Beijing will assist in bringing the global ATM community together to seek solutions to the current challenges facing the industry, and to conduct business."

Covering all the bases

Event organiser UBM is working closely with the government and relevant authorities in China, and the event has the support and backing of the ATMB CAAC. An advisory board comprising senior representatives from the ATMB CAAC and the international ATM community will steer the event and help to ensure that it best reflects the needs of the industry.

According to CAPA, aviation is a key sector in driving China's economic strategy and, as such, $230 billion has been committed to developing civil aviation as part of the current five-year plan.

Wang Liya, director general of ATMB, added: "We are delighted that the ATC Global Conference and Exhibition 2014 will take place in Beijing. We have attended the show for the past few years and feel that this is a great event that serves the ATM community well. ATMB look forward to working closely with the ATC Global team and other senior stakeholders within the industry to create a truly global event that covers all the key issues surrounding this dynamic sector, along with exploring the crucial role that this region will play.

UBM is one of the world's leading international events-led marketing services companies and ATC Global is a key component within its aviation offering, which also includes the Airport Cities and Routes events. The event is committed to supporting ANSPs and ATM industry suppliers, investing annually to ensure that each year the key event offers industry-wide benefits and is seen as a world leader for the ATM industry.

ATC Global's inaugural edition in Beijing will benefit from UBM's experience and expertise as the largest international trade event organiser in China. The company organises a growing portfolio of more than 60 exhibitions and conferences from its network of offices based in China's major cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The ATC 2014 signing ceremony.

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