ADEX CHINA 2017 BEI­JING

ADEX China 2017 kicked off the cel­e­bra­tions in con­junc­tion with Bei­jing Ocean Week

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Adex China 2017 Post Report - Text & im­ages by ADEX Team

With a his­tory span­ning 22 years, the

Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) is the big­gest and long­est-run­ning dive expo in Asia, be­com­ing one of the most pop­u­lar events in the in­dus­try. Since its han­dover to Un­der­wa­ter360 (UW360), ADEX has seen sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion in size and va­ri­ety over the past eight years.

ADEX brings to­gether dis­tin­guished VIPs and speak­ers from across the globe, some of which in­clude sci­en­tists, ma­rine con­ser­va­tion­ists, un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phers and videog­ra­phers. ADEX is also a plat­form for var­i­ous busi­nesses such as dive op­er­a­tors, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers, and na­tional tourism boards to gather sup­port.

Pre­vi­ously, each show has been ded­i­cated to an iconic ma­rine species, with ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to heighten con­ser­va­tion aware­ness. This year, ADEX 2017 mixed things up a bit. The press­ing threat of ris­ing sea lev­els and the dras­tic ef­fect of hu­man care­less­ness on the oceans and ma­rine life prompted this year’s event to be ded­i­cated to cli­mate change.

The div­ing and wa­ter-sports com­mu­ni­ties are the am­bas­sadors of our oceans – they see the dam­age that has been done first­hand. As such, the event fea­tured nu­mer­ous talks by in­di­vid­u­als from these com­mu­ni­ties, with the pur­pose of rais­ing aware­ness about how we can help make a change.

BEI­JING OCEAN WEEK 2017

From 31 Au­gust to 3 Septem­ber

2017, ADEX Bei­jing was held at the China In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter (Jing’An Mu­seum) Hall 5, suc­cess­fully co-or­gan­ised with Shen­teng (Bei­jing) Science and Tech­nol­ogy Trade Co.

Ltd. The China In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (Jing’An Mu­seum) is one of China’s first ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tres, and ranked among the “Top 10 Build­ings” in Bei­jing in the 1980s. In 1985, it hosted the first “Asia-Pa­cific Expo”, which pre­luded China’s mod­ern ex­hi­bi­tion in­dus­try boom. The ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre houses eight pavil­ions, each boast­ing an in­door area of 53,000 square me­tres and an out­door area of 7,000 square me­tres. With over 30 years of devel­op­ment, it an­nu­ally hosts more than 100 small and medi­um­sized ex­hi­bi­tions with its im­pres­sive mea­sure­ment of over one mil­lion square me­tres. With the high­est oc­cu­pancy rate amongst ex­hi­bi­tion venues, the China In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre has been wel­comed by both for­eign and do­mes­tic ex­hibitors, mak­ing it a fit­ting lo­ca­tion to host the dive in­dus­try’s big­gest expo in Asia.

ADEX Bei­jing was held in con­junc­tion with Bei­jing Ocean Week, a se­ries of fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions with an ed­u­ca­tional fo­cus on con­ser­va­tion and div­ing that at­tracted tek divers, free­d­ivers, speak­ers and mer­maids. It was also sup­ported by the Pa­cific So­ci­ety of China. In ad­di­tion, the ADEX Voice Of

The Ocean Com­pe­ti­tion 2017 was held dur­ing Ocean Week, with live judg­ing of un­der­wa­ter pho­tos, videos and art by a panel of world-renowned judges.

The event at­tracted both div­ing en­thu­si­asts and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the div­ing in­dus­try from all around the re­gion, with a to­tal of 22,856 vis­i­tors over four days.

IM­AGE/BOOK FES­TI­VAL

The Im­age/Book Fes­ti­val fea­tured an im­pres­sive list of in­spi­ra­tional speak­ers, and drew record num­bers to the event. As in pre­vi­ous years, the pre­sen­ta­tions proved to be very pop­u­lar as the seats filled up quickly. Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tions, the speak­ers were of­ten swarmed by en­thu­si­as­tic fans for a meet and greet op­por­tu­nity.

PRE­SENT­ING 360 (FILM FES­TI­VAL)

The Pre­sent­ing 360 Film Fes­ti­val al­lowed at­ten­dees to take a break from the expo’s other at­trac­tions by watch­ing an ed­u­ca­tional movie. A se­ries of topi­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­duc­tions were screened, in line with the event’s over­all mis­sion to pro­mote love and re­spect for our oceans and its crea­tures.

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