Guangzhou, China Meeting Planning Overview
Guangzhou is the largest city in the province of Guangdong, located about 120 kilometers from Hong Kong. Its economic powerhouse status can be seen in the lavish meeting spaces of Guangzhou and huge skyscrapers in areas such as Zhujiang New Town.
The principal airport is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), which handles more than 65 million passenger trips a year, making it the third-busiest airport in China. The airport is located 28 kilometers north of the city center and is a hub for China Southern Airlines. A new second terminal opened in 2018, and the airport serves routes to more than 200 destinations worldwide.
Meeting planners can choose from a variety of meeting venues in Guangzhou. The China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, the largest exhibition center in Asia, covers an area of 11.8 million square feet and can accommodate almost 100,000 booths. While it can also cater to small events, its main purpose is to host the Canton Fair twice a year. The Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center offers some of the best meeting rooms in Guangzhou, providing an ideal setup for conferences, exhibitions, and other business events.
Hotel venues in Guangzhou include the 850-room China Hotel, a Marriott Hotel, Guangzhou, which is at the exhibition center and has nine meeting rooms of its own, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom; the 704-room Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou, which offers the Pearl River Grand Ballroom for up to 3,000 people; the 493-room Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, which has 17 meeting areas for up to 800 guests; the 308-room Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun hotel, which has 26 meeting rooms spread across 30,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 403-room Jianguo Hotel, which has meeting and banquet space for up to 500 people.