On November 11, 2015, Darren Michael Parks, Events Director of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), visited Kunshan to inspect, in the company of Jiang Hao, Deputy Mayor of Kunshan, the hotels accommodating the BWF officials and athletes during the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2016 Kunshan (the “T&U Cups 2016”) and relevant facilities and competition venues. A briefing was held following his inspection.
During his visit, Mr. Parks inspected competition venues including the Kunshan Sports Center Gymnasium and the Badminton Training Hall, as well as Jinling Hotel Kunshan, Swissotel Kunshan and other T&U Cups 2016 designated hotels, providing specific comments on the renovation of the venues and the management of accommodation facilities. He suggested that by drawing on the experience of other countries and regions in running similar large-scale competitions, Kunshan could incorporate its distinctive local features into the organization of this international event to support the goal of “promoting Kunshan globally”. He said that BWF would join hands with the Kunshan government to run a successful, enjoyable and memorable competition while presenting the beauty of the city to the world.