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China's Biggest Domain Conference Returns This Summer With New Dates and a New Location

Some 1,000 domain investors, officials and company representatives from around the world gathered in Hangzhou, China in June of last year for the 2016 Global Domain Summit (GDS). Organizers expect the 2017 event to be even bigger with a new location - the Swiss Grand Hotel in Xiamen, a beautiful waterfront city that is

known for its high concentration of domain companies and investors - and new dates (a month later than last year) with the show set to run Friday through Sunday July 7-9

A view from the terrace of the Swiss Grand Hotel in Xiamen where GDS 2017 will be held.


GDS is backed by some of the industry's heaviest hitters with Verisign, Godaddy, AliCloud, Baidu Cloud, eName and Bizcn joining forces to co-organize the event.  GDS business sessions will cover developing trends  for Global and Chinese domain names, the globalization of domain names transactions, domain name financing and security, brand and trademark issues and new gTLDs to name just a few of the hot planned. GDS will also again stage an awards ceremony and a  live domain auction.

Above: A view of the crowd from last year's edition of GDS in Hangzhou.

Below: A scene from the 2016 live domain auction at GDS (photos courtesy of Bill Sweetman).

Guta.com Founder George Hong

Well-known international domain broker George Hong of Guta.com, who maintains offices in both the United States and Xiamen, told me "Xiamen is considered by many to be China's "Capital City of Domains." At one point, nearly 80% of domains owned by Chinese people and/or companies were registered through Xiamen based domain registrars. Many big buyers of premium domains (especially numeric domains) live in Xiamen or surrounding cities that are within a two-hour drive.”

Hong added, "The city is known as one of China’s leading tourist centers, boasting mild climate and picturesque environs. It is a terrific place for a conference. In fact the 9th BRICS Summit will be held in Xiamen next September.“

Registration is now open for GDS 2017 with four different ticket levels available so you can pick exactly how much access you want to business sessions, food, parties and accommodations. They start at just $19 then 

step up to $99, $299 and a high of $399. The latter two tickets include a room for two nights, so all four  levels are obviously bargains compared to what we expect to pay for shows in the U.S. 

The U.S. and Europe will both be well represented in Xiamen. The 2016 show attracted attendees from 15 different countries.

(Posted May 7, 2017)  

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