BARCELONA, 2 October 2017: The annual World Routes forum was officially handed over to next year’s host city, Guangzhou, at the closing ceremony in Barcelona late last week.
World Routes brings together airlines, airports and destinations to plan and negotiate future air services.
Guangzhou, an economic hub on the Pearl River in Guangdong Province, South China, often promoted alongside Hong Kong and Macau will host the event in 2018.
Guangzhou formerly Canton has been a major trading centre for 2,000 years due to its strategic position near the South China Sea.
The colourful Canton Tower and Cantonese cuisine has made Guangzhou a popular choice with international tourists.
Other attractions include the asymmetrical Guangzhou Opera House, the Five Rams Statue in Yuexiu Park, a variety of Buddhist temples and Baiyun ‘White Clouds’ Mountain.
World Routes 2018 will be hosted by Guangdong Airport Authority, the owner of Baiyun International Airport.
Baiyun is China’s third busiest airport and the 15th busiest in the world, handling nearly 60 million passengers in 2016. A second terminal will be able to handle up to 80 million passengers a year when it opens in early 2018.
The growth is set to continue into the next decade as Baiyun’s expansion projects are completed. The airport will be transformed into a five-runway, three-terminal operation that can handle 62,000 flights, 100 million passengers and three million tons of cargo a year by 2025.
International route development professionals from 270 airlines, 600 airports and 80 tourism authorities attended World Routes 2017 in Barcelona, and Guangzhou can expect similar numbers next year.
Guangdong Airport Authority chairman of the board, Kejian Zhang said: “It’s a great honour to win the right to host World Routes 2018. I believe it will be an excellent opportunity to showcase Guangzhou City and Guangdong Province to the world.
World Routes 2018 will be hosted, 15-18 September 2018, Canton Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China.