The first Chapter Convention was held successfully in Jakarta, Indonesia on 7-9 January 1993. The second Convention was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 25-27 August 1994, and the third in Jakarta, Indonesia from 29 August to 1 September 1995. It was decided by the Board at this meeting that the Convention will be held every two years instead of every one year.
The first Biennial Convention/Workshop & Exhibition (but the fourth Convention/Workshop) was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 17-19 May 1997 with great success. The second Biennial Convention/Workshop & Exhibition was held in Hong Kong on 24-26 May 1999, with even more participants and more current challenging seminar topics. In 1999, the Chapter completed its first industry and market survey on 50 Asia and Middle East countries, the first of its kind, through Zenith International of the U.K. Where possible, ABWA would like to update this data on a regular basis to keep consistency of information and will be presented at the Conventions and Workshops, printed in our website "Members-Only" section and reported in our magazine. In 2001, the Biennial Convention and workshop was held in Bali, with over 450 participants attending. Then in Chennai India in 2004 and New Delhi, India in 2005. Both Conventions and Trade Fairs were attended by over 4000 professional visitors. ABWA did not hold a Convention in 2003 due to the SARS issue. For 2007, no individual bottled water Trade Fair was held, however, ABWA had a very well attended CPO and CDO (Certified Depot Owners) workshop and a Board and Executive Committee meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 02-04 August 2007. A Trade Fair together with a Plastic-Packaging-Printing-Food Technology Exhibition was held simultaneously with ABWA's CPO and CDO from 01-04 August 2007 at the same location. The Trade Fair was visited by over 15,000 professionals.
A similar cooperation will be held from 06-09 August 2008 at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran together with the Food Technology - Plastic - Packaging - Printing - added with a Cold Chain Pavilion and a Water Hall. A Certified Plant Operator workshop will also be held from 08-09 August 2008, at the same location. Expected professional visitors for the Trade Fair is over 25,000.
The Japan Bottled Water Association, a Chapter of ABWA will hold its first Convention and Trade Fair working together with Eco-Products on 11-12-13 December 2008, in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall. The professional visitors are expected to be over 200,000 . (Visit our Trade Fair Section further up our website).