Asia Pacific Airports Annual Assembly, Conference and Exhibition Opens in Sanya, Hainan

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Over 300 airport executives and aviation business partners have gathered in Sanya, Hainan, China to attend the 5th ACI Asia Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition (Conference). The conference is organized by Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific, hosted by HNA Airport Group.

The conference is an annual event organized by ACI Asia Pacific with the purpose to provide a platform for ACI members, business partners and aviation leaders to gather and discuss the current issues of critical importance to the aviation community. With the encouraging traffic results in the last 2 quarters and the recent Icelandic volcano crisis, the conference, entitled “Navigating airport business through challenges and opportunities”, provides a timely opportunity for participants to discuss ways to cope with the challenges and opportunities ahead of the aviation industry.

President (Ag) of ACI Asia Pacific, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said, “We are very pleased to have the overwhelming support with over 300 delegates representing our airport members and business partners to join us here in Hainan from other parts of China, Asia Pacific and beyond. I would like to thank the Hainan Government, the host airport, HNA Airport Group for their hospitality and tremendous support for making it possible for ACI Asia Pacific to have the annual assembly held in China for the first time. We are very excited to be in this part of the world where fast surging air traffic is being seen and it is set to build over 100 new airports in the near future.”

“The airport operators have been facing many challenges such as the financial downturn in 2009, facilitating new securities measures on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in cabin luggage, the controversial body-scanner and the recent closure of European airspace due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that happened just a few weeks ago. As the theme of our conference ‘Navigating Airport Business through Challenges and Opportunities’ suggests, it is a timely opportunity for us to meet and review our strategies to best react to the opportunities, challenges and possibly other disasters ahead of us. I am truly looking forward to the discussions in the following days,” Tan Sri Bashir added.

Mr. Liu Lu, Executive President and Chairman of HNA Airport Group said, “Through the 3-days discussions, the conference will provide a broader platform for airport operators in China and Asia Pacific to exchange their know-how and experience. It is also a golden opportunity for us to showcase Hainan as the International Tourism Island and its excellent infrastructure for the international travelers.”

The four-day conference, to be held from 11 – 14 May 2010 at the Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, is the first ACI Asia Pacific annual conference held in China. World-renowned airports chief executives, highly-regarded professionals and experienced consultants will share with the participants their views on a wide range of aviation-related issues including “Environmental Strategy in Action”, “Exploring New Horizons after the Financial Downturn”, “Uncompromised Travelling Experience at the Airport” and “Beyond Traffic Growth”.

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