Here’s why one of the largest domain conferences in China should be on your radar


Last year the Global Domain Industry Summit held its inaugural conference and cemented itself as one of the biggest domain conferences in China. This year it’s back and it looks like it’s going to set a new bar for domain industry events in the East.

Pinky Brand, a domain industry veteran who has been very active in the Chinese domain market recently wrote a post on his blog highlighting the event and the location which is colloquially known as domain island.

Xiamen is a lovely metropolis with fabulous outdoor markets and attractions. It’s known as China’s “domain island” where several domain name registrars and domain investors are located.

It’s on the coast and about an hour and a half flight NE from Hong Kong, or about three from Beijing. Last I checked, it will take you 1 or 2 connections to get there from the USA or Europe.   You lose a day when traveling there from overseas, so for USA folks that means you can still enjoy the 4th of July, leave on the 5th or 6th, and get there in time for the start, although you may have to deal with the jet lag.

Last year while at the conference Pinky put together a video on behalf of that I highly encourage everyone to watch whether you’re going or not. It’s no secret that the Chinese domain name market has been growing steadily every year and I think this video gives domain investors in the West a nice look at what’s going on in the East.

2016 Global Domain Summit – Hangzhou, China from Pinkard Brand on Vimeo.


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  • gene April 18, 2017, 9:32 am

    For those of us who are fascinated by the size of the Chinese market/economy, here are a few facts I recently learned, which are simply mind-boggling when you think about them.

    ICBC – a Chinese bank – is the world’s largest…BY FAR.

    – They have 430 million customer accounts (the entire population of the U.S. is only 319 million)
    – They have 4 million CORPORATE customers

    It’s a given that these numbers will keep rising over time. And if these numbers, alone, don’t get your wheels spinning about the long-term value of quality domain names, …nothing will.

  • Joe April 18, 2017, 12:03 pm

    @gene, Your link from this bank gives the chasuble that is near the Trump Tower and Rockefeller Center here can see it

  • Eric Lyon April 18, 2017, 12:09 pm

    Very nice! I wouldn’t mind attending one of those in China, however, I think I may need to learn mandarin first so that I can break any communication barriers and really benefit from such an event. That, or hire a translator to follow me around all day. :p

    • Kassey Lee April 19, 2017, 8:14 pm

      You’ll have a friend to help you, if I decide to attend one day.

  • Pinky Brand April 18, 2017, 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the mention Morgan! @Eric Lyon – Last year they provided simultaneous in-ear interpretation for the sessions (very similar to what happens at an ICANN meeting). They also had some interpreters on hand to assist with some short meetings and introductions. With that said, you can get by without speaking Mandarin, but it is wise to secure an interpretation resource if you have booked business meetings and hope to close some deals, etc. Also be sure your interpreter understands domain name basics, all those acronyms, etc. well before you are meeting with anyone. Any meeting requiring interpretation will take twice as long at a minimum than you are used to because of the time involved with translation and then making sure each party actually understands what the other is stating. It is possible the organizers may offer some sort of extra service for English speaking attendees, although I’m not aware of such at this time.

    • Joseph Peterson April 18, 2017, 5:51 pm

      @Pinky Brand,

      If you become aware of a convenient reliable interpreter service for this conference, please let me know. That language barrier remains in the way for me at the moment, but it would be interesting to attend – if not this year, then maybe next.

  • Anteny SAT/DVB-T/DAB+ May 28, 2017, 3:22 pm


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