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Chinese Officials, NBAA Enthusiastically Readying for ABACE2013
February 5, 2013
As the clock winds down toward the ribbon cutting that will open the 2013 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013), NBAA is already hard at work with Asian government officials to prepare for the April 16 to 18 event at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport.
In January, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other Association representatives traveled to China to speak about matters affecting the emerging regional business aviation industry with several top government officials, as part of a broader discussion about issues that would be in focus at ABACE2013.
Representatives met with officials including Xi Xinghua, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Administration of China; Li Jingao, CAAC deputy inspector, East China District Administration; and Nianzu Wu, chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA). The group also spoke with Gary Locke, United States ambassador to China, as well as minister counselor for community affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The NBAA delegation found a receptive and supportive audience from government officials, said Kathleen Blouin, NBAA senior vice president, conventions & forums.
“When doing business in China, it is critical to have the support from local and national government officials on important projects,” she added. “ABACE2013 isn't merely a trade show; it's also an opportunity to help build the industry and to engage top government officials in China and beyond about the expansion of business aviation in the region.”
While in Beijing, Bolen also spoke with several local and international media publications – including China Aviation News, Jet Asia Pacific, and The Wall Street Journal/Asia – about preparations for ABACE2013 and the development of business aviation throughout the Asia-Pacific. The news outlets are among more than 30 media organizations that have signed on as media partners to help promote the event and highlight its standing as the region’s premier annual business aviation show.
Blouin said she expects ABACE2013 to build on the success of last year's event, with expanded show facilities and larger Exhibitor chalets for manufacturers to meet with potential clients.
“We always want to make each of these events better than the last,” she added. “With just over two months to go, we already have more indoor Exhibitors signed up for ABACE2013 than we had at show start in 2012.”
Presented in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority and co-hosted by NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and the Shanghai Exhibition Center, ABACE2013 will host the world's leading business aviation organizations and suppliers, showcasing the latest equipment, tools and technologies used by business aircraft customers around the globe.