After 23 years in European venues, ATC Global, which focuses on the global air traffic management sector, will be held in Beijing next year.
The UBM event will take place Sept. 17-19 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. This year’s show was held in March at Amsterdam RAI.
UBM’s development director for aviation, Paula Milburn, says the decision to move the show launched in 1990 out of Europe and to Asia reflects the growing importance that the region plays in the aviation industry, noting that China will likely spend $230 billion over the next five years to develop its aviation and aeronautics sector.
“We have been monitoring the global market with an eye on Asia for several years,” Milburn says in a statement. “The new location in Beijing will assist in bringing the global ATM [air traffic management] community together.”
A key in determining when to make the move was landing the support of the Air Traffic Management Bureau of Civil Aviation Administration of China. Its director general, Wang Liya, says in statement, “We have attended the show for the past few years and feel this is a great event.”