Today, we greet the first day of 2019 with hope on our faces and warmth in our hearts. This is the 821st day since the inception of the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (Shenzhen World). Everyone here has his or her own dreams.
Time passes silently, carrying with it the vicissitudes of all things. In the past and present, we have jointly nurtured the dreams we have for our lives and our city, and we will continue to do so in the future. We stand united and coexist upon this land, may we offer blessings to each other and draw closer to our dreams during the coming year.
2018 was constantly marked by an energizing vitality. It buzzed on our fingertips, rising slowly from the depths of our hearts and bursting into bloom before our eyes. Over the past year, we have shared experiences and feelings and we have never stopped advancing. Since the construction of the Shenzhen World project began two years ago, we have witnessed its remarkably rapid development, much like the growth of a bamboo shoot, and truly felt it come alive, springing forth from the earth. With it, we have forged ahead as intended, regardless of the weather. There is no winter which we cannot outlast, no spring that will fail to come. Shenzhen World, a world-class project that is destined to become a new landmark of Shenzhen and a new fulcrum in the exhibition and convention industry, is undergoing tremendous changes at an incredible Greater Bay Area pace.
Standing at the dawn of 2019, we are closer than ever to our dreams.
There are so many other people who also stand beside us at this threshold. They have crossed our paths in the past year and created unforgettable experiences one after the other on the timeline of 2018.
On an ordinary morning in March 2018, the phase one infrastructure construction of Shenzhen World project progressed steadily.
In March 2018, a delegation of more than 20 CEOs from the international exhibition industry visited the construction site and discussed the future of the industry.
In April 2018, the construction of the Shenzhen World project entered a crucial stage. Project team members worked day and night as crane lights glistened like stars, lighting up the massive airport area as night fell.
In May 2018, the first Shenzhen World Roadshow was held successfully in Shekou, Shenzhen. More than 100 people including municipal and industry leaders from Shenzhen and Hong Kong attended the event, bringing together the vitality and strength of the industry.
In May 2018, the leaders of Shenzhen World attended IMEX Frankfurt, a global exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, where they communicated with international peers and unveiled Shenzhen World to the world beside the Rhine River.
In June 2018, construction of Shenzhen World was progressing as planned. Despite fickle weather conditions that alternated between heat waves and showers, work on this project proceeded steadily.
In June 2018, the Shenzhen World Roadshow (Beijing) was held successfully. Over 100 representatives and leaders from government agencies including the Shenzhen World Project Construction Headquarters Office and the Economic, Trade & Information Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, and the exhibition and convention industry in Beijing were present.
In July 2018, the Shenzhen World Roadshow was held in Shanghai and Guangzhou successively, where construction and operations teams of Shenzhen World gave presentations on the construction and the preparations for the launch of the landmark facility to more than 100 elites in the local exhibition and convention industry.
In August 2018, a forest of steel structures sprung up at the construction site of Shenzhen World, and a spectacular sight of the expanded framework of the exhibition halls gradually took shape.
In September 2018, in the quiet of night, Shenzhen World began to take form.
In October 2018, in line with the strategy of internationalization, a Shenzhen World delegation visited Las Vegas, USA, where they held the Shenzhen-Las Vegas Exhibition Industry Seminar, and a press conference introducing Shenzhen World on the site of IMEX America, America's worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
By November 2018, the main body of the exhibition hall was mostly completed.
In November 2018, a delegation from Shenzhen World participated in the 85th UFI Global Congress in St Petersburg, Russia, and held several promotion activities, attracting widespread attention from the global exhibition industry. During the conference, the Shenzhen World delegation and the UFI signed an agreement on three-year cooperation on global promotion and reached a consensus on practical collaborative projects in a number of fields.
In November 2018, the Shenzhen World Roadshow (Hong Kong) was successfully held. Over 100 representatives, including leaders of the Shenzhen Municipal Government and major institutions and associations from the Hong Kong exhibition industry, gathered in Kowloon to make plans for the future.
By December 2018, work on Shenzhen World had made outstanding progress, and construction of an international exhibition and convention center with a global focus proceeded night and day.
Words may always fall short when compared with the intertwining of sensibility and the rationality of life. Shenzhen World has weathered the highs and lows throughout the year, consistently promoting its motivating force for urban development and presenting Shenzhen to a global audience. Drenched in sweat from our labor, we hold fast to our ambitions, weathering the wind and the rain. In the glimmering early dawn of Shenzhen, we look expectantly towards the future as we pursue our dreams.
In 2019, Shenzhen World will continue along the path to internationalization, adhere to top grade design, construction and operation, strive unremittingly to seek out drivers for industry growth and a new impetus for urban development, and lead the exhibition industry in China and the world.
Throughout the coming year, we will remain united and committed. On Shenzhen’s journey towards becoming an international center and transforming the city’s exhibition and convention industry into a world leader, we will be a rising tide on the long road to development, shining as we grow. We are willing to tap into unexplored fields despite all the uncertainties and difficulties, and are dedicated to exploring boundless possibilities.
We are grateful to all our friends for your accompaniment with us and your support of Shenzhen World throughout 2018. In 2019, let’s move forward hand in hand, day and night and not squander a single minute.
There has never been an era that is filled with so many farewells and new encounters. There has never been a task so full of persistence and hope.
We have never been closer to our dreams!