Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

Every two years, the International Symposium on Geographical Indications (GIs) brings together representatives of national administrations, producers of GI products and GI specialists.  The Symposium provides a forum for exchanging ideas and perspectives on issues relating to the use and protection of geographical indications.  It also offers technical insights and information on recent developments in the field. 

The 2017 symposium is organized jointly by WIPO and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC); with the support of the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province; and hosted by the People’s Government of Yangzhou City and Jiangsu Administration for Industry and Commerce.

Due to very high interest in the Symposium, the maximum number of participants has already been reached.  We regret that we are unable to accept any new registration.


Ms. Aurélie Lugrin
Telephone: + 41 22 338 9440
Facsimile: + 41 22 338 8745

Ms. Diane Campa-Granatella
Telephone: + 41 22 338 9524
Facsimile: + 41 22 338 8745


Li Mengmeng
Telephone: +86 13552097923
Facsimile: +86-010-68013447

Xiao Qian
Telephone: +86 13426399593
Facsimile: +86-010-68013447

June 29 to July 1, 2017

Yangzhou Convention Center
Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province


An excursion to Yangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum and Yangzhou 486 Intangible Cultural Heritage Cluster will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017. This visit will be followed by a lunch at the Shangri-La Hotel.

  • Coaches will depart from the Shangri-La Hotel at 8:30 a.m. on July 1.
  • The return to the Hotel is expected at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 1.
  • Participants in the excursion are advised to wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes.

Participants who wish to take part in the excursion are kindly requested to fill in the relevant part of the registration form PDF, Registration form.

Yangzhou lacquerware

Yangzhou lacquerware is part of Chinese intangible cultural heritage dating back 2400 years. As one of China’s four major lacquerwares, “Yangzhou lacquerware” is a geographical indication registered as a collective trademark by the Trademark Office of SAIC. Yangzhou lacquerware has been awarded several national and international prizes and has become a significant driving force in promoting the development of the local economy.

Practical information

Working languages

The working languages of the Symposium will be Chinese, English and French with simultaneous interpretation.

Entry visa

Foreign participants are required to obtain their Chinese entry visa at the Embassy or Consulate of China in their respective country.  They should be in possession of a valid entry visa before commencing their travel.

Venue and accommodation

Yangzhou Convention Center
1, Qilidian Road
Hanjiang District
Tel: 0514-87802588
Fax: 0514-87888167

Participants should make their own accommodation arrangements. All bills are to be settled directly with the hotel.


It is recommended to travel to Yangzhou via the following airports: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing.

It is recommended that participants pick up their luggage at the airport of first entry in China and that they register it at the national flight counter.

Transportation will be arranged from Yangzhou Taizhou Airport, Nanjing Lukou Airport and Zhenjiangnan Highspeed Railway Station to the conference venue in a fixed time period.

For cases of individual transfer to the hotel, the distance from Yangzhou Taizhou airport to the hotel is about 55 km, and the taxi fare will be approximately RMB 160 Yuan (road toll included).  The distance from the Zhenjiangnan Highspeed Railway Station to the hotel is about 55km, and the taxi fare will be approximately RMB160 Yuan (road toll included). The distance from Nanjing Lukou Airport to the hotel is about 150km, and the taxi fare will be approximately RMB500Yuan (road toll included). There are buses from the above mentioned airport and railway station directly to the urban district of Yangzho.

Local time, climate, currency, electricity

The local time for Yangzhou is GMT+8.

The summer in Yangzhou is generally characterized by high temperatures and high humidity, with constant cloudy and rainy days, and temperatures ranging between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius.

China’s local currency is the Renminbi (RMB).  Its basic unit is the Yuan.  The exchange rate is approximately US$1 = 6.8785 Yuan (subject to change). The website of the State Administration of Exchange Control provides real-time information of the exchange rate.

The electric power provided in Yangzhou is 220 V, 50Hz AC.

Conference Safety and Security

WIPO’s Safety and Security Services goal is to ensure a safe and successful conference for all participants. Participants are reminded to apply best practice travel safety and personal security when traveling overseas.

If you have any questions on personal safety and or conference security management please don’t hesitate to contact the WIPO conference security focal point:

Mr. Carlo Di Falco
Telephone: +41 22 338 80 33
Mobile: +41 79 615 60 37