Friday, February 01, 2008


I was aware that Alibaba was involved in the Asia Event Fortune Forum conference in Hangzhou which took place just before CEFCO. What I had missed was their sponsorship of the new "Goldfinger Awards for China Leading Industry Brands Exhibitions".

I only picked up on this through a Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions press release about three of their fairs winning the Goldfingers. According to Reed (I can't find any information on itself), "The four-month selection process included a rigorous evaluation that scrutinized nearly 40 different marketplace sectors including medical, chemical, consumer goods, furniture, construction materials, and real estate among others. A professional panel comprising trade media specialists and trade exhibition experts voted and assigned points for each nominated show. In addition, industry players cast their votes online through Alibaba's online portal. Nearly 24 million buyers and sellers voted".

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