The 23rd Beijing International Book Fair held from August 24 to 28, 2016 at the China International Exhibition Centre (New Venue) was proved to be a great success.
2016BIBF covered an exhibition area of 78,600 square meters and arranged 2,512 stands. 2,407 publishing houses from the mainland of China and 86 countries and regions attended the fair. Approximately 300,000 titles were on display, over 1,000 cultural events and seminars were held, and nearly 300,000 visitors were present during the fair. The rights deals signed at the fair amounted to 5,018 , an 6.3% increase from last year.
CEECs was the Country of Honor for 2016BIBF, with an exhibition area of 1,200 square meters. CEECs organized its cultural institutions, publishers, and writers to attend the Fair, and held activities to enhance communication in the publishing industry and among writers.
This year BIBF, for first time, organized the Hall of Reading to Living (over 12,600 square meters) for publishers from home and abroad. Besides publishers’ stands, the 3000-square-meter Food and Wine Area and GWR LIVE! were set in this hall. The new hall attracted over 40,000 visitors during public days.
This year BIBF continued to organize brand activities such as 2016 Beijing International Publishing Forum, BIBF Advanced Seminar on International Rights Trade, International Children’s Publishing Forum, BIBF 10+10 Roundtable Meetings, and IDPF@BIBF International Digital Publishing Forum. Moreover, BIBF launched the “First Step Into The Chinese Publishing Market”Training Program and BIBF Fairground Tour. These activities contributed to enhancing communications between publishers from home and abroad.