A wise man named Socrates once said that asking questions is the best way to have a clear view on any situation, and even though the ancient greeks have little to do with the winter technology sector, we'd like to follow in his footsteps to help you plan your attendance at Alpitec China.
So feel free to read through the questions below, and use them as a guideline to best prepare for your participation.
- Did I successfully apply for a booth at Alpitec China?
The first step to your participation at Alpitec China is sending in an application for your participation either by filling in the online application or by simply sending us the filled in download version of the application form with your company and billing information, and of course the size and type of the booth you'd like to book! Our team is going to respond to your application shortly by sending you a confirmation email and later - once we've found the perfect booth for you - a binding offer for your participation.
- When will I be getting my customized offer for my booth at Alpitec China?
That depends - it will take our team some time to find the right booth for you (after all, we want you to be happy with what you find in our offer), and there might be some companies waiting for their offer in line before you. For the sake of fairness, we work according to a "first come, first serve" principle - so the sooner you apply, the better! But don't worry: we won't forget about you, and if you like, you can contact us at any time: We're always happy to hear from our future exhibitors!
- Am I a confirmed exhibitor of Alpitec China?
Be mindful that receiving a binding offer for a booth does not automatically make you an Alpitec China exhibitor. First you've got to officially confirm your participation by filling out the "confirmation of participation" form included in your offer, and returning it to us by email or fax. Secondly, please note that your confirmation is not valid until the downpayment for your exhibition space has been transferred. Once you completed these tasks, we are going to send you an email welcoming you officially as an exhibitor of Alpitec China!
- Am I a raw space exhibitor or a shell scheme exhibitor?
This is a truly crucial question when it comes to attendance planning. Let's follow up with a second question: What exactly is the difference between a raw space and a shell scheme exhibitor? As a raw space exhibitor, you've decided to only book raw exhibition space at Alpitec China, without booth construction or any kind of furnshing, and with the intent to hire a contractor who is going to design and build your custom-made booth for the show. As a shell scheme exhibitor on the other hand, you've ordered our Alpitec China shell scheme to go with your raw space exhibition area, you will therefore find your booth ready and waiting for you upon your arrival at the CNCC. If you're not sure what kind of exhibitor you are, just take a look into the offer you signed when confirming your participation: Should there be a position called "Alpitec China shell scheme", then you've successfully ordered an Alpitec China shell scheme booth construction!
- Where can I order the services I need during the show?
The Alpitec China exhibitor manual includes the order forms for all services you might need during the show and is going to be emailed to all confirmed exhibitors about three months before show start. Since the email containing the manual can be quite large in size, it may be rejected by your inbox - so please be sure to check your spam folder occasionally, or simply download the manual online.
- Do I have to fill in every form in the Alpitec China exhibitor manual?
Once you know whether you are a raw space or a shell scheme exhibitor, the manual is going to help you find your way through it. It is divided into different sections: some are optional, some are mandatory only to raw space exhibitors, others are mandatory to shell scheme exhibitors and one or two of them are mandatory to all exhibitors. In case of doubt: just look at the left upper corner of each form to find out whether it is mandatory for you or not! Additionally, the exhibitor manual also contains some general information like a list of available hotels, the rules and regulations of the CNCC, the build-up, tear-down and show schedule as well as the shipping guideline.
- Do I have to stick to the deadlines indicated on the forms in the exhibitor manual?
- What else do I have to consider when planning my trip to China?
Firstly, be mindful that for travelling to China a Chinese visa is required. To apply for a business visa (type M) for your participation at Alpitec China, you'll need an official invitation letter to China in addition to your plane ticket and the booking confirmation of your hotel (the latter two are also needed for a tourist visa, type L). To receive such an invitation letter, please use the "invitation letter" form in your exhibitor manual, and make sure that all your data is filled in correctly.
Secondly, please consider that China is in another time zone (generally speaking +6 or +7 hours compared to CET, depending on the European summer- and wintertime), and that you should arrive at least one day before show start to be able to pick up your exhibitor badges and have a look at your booth - we can't have our exhibitors arrive late on the first show day, can we?
Thirdly, if you're using google-based apps or mail services, or any international social media like Facebook, keep in mind that they might not work properly in China or even not at all. Our suggestion? Get WeChat!