The 5th World Hydropower Congress was unveiled at Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention & Exhibition Center (BYCC) on May 19, 2015. Nearly 1,000 persons from the world, including government officials from various countries, world hydropower leaders, entrepreneurs in the industry, hydropower experts, representatives of civil organizations and associations, senior executives of financial institutions, media representatives as well as other representatives from water resources and energy fields attended the congress at BYCC beside Yanqi Lake.
At the relaxed and pleasant welcoming banquet in the evening, the guests spoke highly of BYCC’s magnificent venue, utilization of energy-saving and environmental protection technology and meticulous service as well as its zero-carbon software and hardware facilities and its sustainable-development concept.
Yanqi Lake International Convention Complex (YICC) and BYCC were selected as the venues for the 5th World Hydropower Congress, which was held for the first time in China, for good reasons. Since its establishment in 2007, the World Hydropower Congresses were successively held in Turkey, Iceland, Brazil and Malaysia, and the World Hydropower Congress always pays equal attention to the ecological environment and humanistic philosophy in its venue selection. The distinctive BYCC, as an important part of YICC, not only possesses a wonderland-like ecological environment, but also a long-term sustainable development concept, which coincide with the concept of the World Hydropower Congress.
In the late springtime, BYCC’s fiery-red main building, which looks like the inverted landmark building of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, was silhouetted against the green and majestic Yanshan mountains and the beautiful Yanqi Lake, amazing all the guests to BYCC for the congress with the unique charms of the mountains and waters in Huairou district of Beijing. The theme of the World Hydropower Congress is always “advancing sustainable hydropower” which coincides with the “sustainable development” concept of BYCC in its venue construction and operation. In its venue construction, BYCC adopted over 30 cutting-edge energy-saving technologies and China-independently developed technologies including domestically advanced solar power system, intelligent lighting control system, rainwater collecting and recycling system, kitchen garbage treatment system and living sewage treatment system. In the engineering design, BYCC skillfully utilized sunken courtyards and plazas to develop underground spaces, greatly improving the building space utilization ratio as well as the building’s natural ventilation and natural lighting. The guests unanimously held that BYCC has made positive explorations in land-saving, energy-saving, and hydropower regeneration and recycling, achieving the real low-carbon and environmental protection.
Of course, it is not enough for BYCC to possess the good hardware to hold a successful international conference. BYCC’s professional operation and management team is the vital soft power. All staffs at BYCC from engineering to technology and from operation to security fully provide professional services for guests from all over the world. After learning that most guests to the congress are foreigners, BYCC’s operation and management team not only strengthened the international etiquette and English-language training for the frontline service personnel, but also increased the number of western-style foods, and made the most efforts to coordinate the guests’ eating habits due to the cultural and religious differences. In addition, BYCC proposed many suggestions to the World Hydropower Congress organization committee about the details including pick-up service, venue entry route planning, table arrangement, schedule coordination and security support. Such a full-chain service is just the reason for the World Hydropower Congress organization committee to choose BYCC as its venue. The welcoming evening banquet’s grand and gorgeous layout, the various kinds of dishes and the meticulous services had won a unanimous praise from the participating guests and media reporters at home and abroad.
The three-day-long 5th World Hydropower Congress is scheduled to be wrapped up on May 21, 2015. During the meeting, personnel in the Chinese hydropower sector carried out full exchanges with their international counterparts. In the context of increasingly apparent environmental restriction and water-farmland dispute, people from all walks of life at home and abroad reached consensus at the congress to better and faster push forward the world hydropower development. With the success in the 5th Beijing International Film Festival and the 5th World Hydropower Congress, BYCC has also built up its own brand. After undertaking many large activities, BYCC, which is scheduled to usher in its grand opening in June of 2015, will showcase itself as a rising star in the conference and exhibition sector to the world with a new image.