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Tourism & Digital Economy Join Forces to Shape the Future

16th November 2020

Hailed as one of China’s Best Tourist Cities and a famous National Historical and Cultural City, Hangzhou is the political, economic and cultural centre of the Zhejiang Province. From rich Chinese traditional culture to high-tech business events, Hangzhou presents a wealth of interests for the meetings industry professionals.

Words Vicky Koffa

In recent years, the digital economy industry of Hangzhou has been constantly growing. Technological innovations are on a high in emerging sectors like such as the Internet, cultural creativity, financial service, health care, and new energy. This surge has inevitably attracted related top national and international conferences to the city, including the APSARA Conference, 2050 Conference, Netease Future Conference, and Money20/20, which in turn means that business tourism has recently boomed. 

Spotlight on Economy, Culture and Tourism

Showcasing what the city can really offer, on September 17th & 18th, the “2020 Culture and Tourism Summit of Hangzhou & Meeting Industry Fair of the New Economic Destination” was held in Hangzhou, sponsored by Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism. Under the theme “New Challenges, New Scenes, and New Integrations”, it comprised of multiple parts including the main summit, parallel forums, an investment and financing wine party, and a meeting industry fair. 100 CMO of China’s new economy enterprises, 20 PCO from Beijing and Shanghai and 20 PE/VC institutions participated in the event as conference buyers. In the one and a half days of the summit they had an in-depth business exchange with 120 local suppliers.

In the opening ceremony of the summit, the much-anticipated “Top Ten Scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism” was announced, featuring world-famous technology companies or business centers/parks like Alibaba Group (China) Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., the Cloud Town & Hangzhou City Brain Co., Ltd., Xiaoshan Hipark, Turing Town, Alibaba Cloud Industrial Internet Co., Ltd., Inno & Entre Town, Zhejiang Dahua Zhilian Co., Ltd., Xiaoshan Robot Town, and Wasu Digital TV Media Group.

The Smart Alibaba Center

Alibaba is a world-renowned technology company founded in Hangzhou. It offers three diverse visiting opportunities, the Visitor Center of Alibaba at its headquarters, QINCHENGLI Mall, Tai Ji Zen Garden, FlyZoo Hotel, and other unique attractions. Alibaba’s Visitor Center represents the style of the company, its culture, industry, and products. 

As a new retail experimental field in smart commercial space, QINCHENGLI Mall relies on the big data and AI technology to upgrade the production and circulation process of commodities and form a display of new fashions through deep integration of online, offline and logistics services. As the first smart hotel in the world, Fly Zoo Hotel boasts 290 rooms, the fitness centre of the future and other facilities. Technologies like facial recognition check-in, smart elevator, Tmall smart butler, robot food delivery are all on offer, reflecting the latest smart applications.

State-of-the-art Technology Solutions in Hikvision

Hikvision is an intelligent IoT (Internet of Things) solution and big data service provider, focusing on comprehensive security, big data service and smart business. It is committed to building a smart city and digitized enterprise sector through by use of Cloud and Edge services and Information Technology in all its forms. 

Covering an area of 4500 square meters, the Hikvision Exhibition Center design focuses on the concept of “light”. For example, the device located in the hall – which links to the big screen presenting ‘the dance of light’ – is called “The light of heart mirror” and helps convey to the audience the philosophy of the company and the theme of the whole exhibition. It vividly paints a city empowered by high-tech, including among others smart home experience, road safety driving guaranteed by vehicle-road collaborative technology, AR smart scenic sights, “take and go” easy shopping area, efficient smart factories and urban operation centers.

A Different Kind of Town

The cradle of picturesque towns in Zhejiang, home to Hangzhou City Brain and the permanent venue of “Cloud Computing Conference”, the Cloud Town boasts five big industrial sectors. Cloud Industry, City Brain, Intelligent Manufacturing, Space Information and Biological Medicine forge the first town in China’s digital economy and tourism. Already Hangzhou’s “golden name card”, Hangzhou City Brain enables urban managers to better allocate public resources, make scientific decisions and improve governance efficiency. 

The town offers three routes for visitors, covering Cloud Town Exhibition, Museum of Inspiration 2050, Herbal Garden, City Brain Base. The latter, in particular, presents the new mechanism in which Hangzhou government explores the development and construction of Hangzhou City Brain and its industrial application, and the process, achievements and future of collaborative innovation among the government, enterprises and research institutions through the Innovation Base.

Diversified industry empowerment, professional collaboration and extensve research carried out between the new economic advantage industry and the conference industry are showing Hangzhou’s unique strengths in different sectors, innovation, and development potential and portray it as “A Destination of the New Economy”.

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