Euro zone woes impact Heimtextil attendance
Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, January 17, 2012
Franfurt, Germany - The number of visitors to this month's Heimtextil trade fair here fell 5% to 70,000, according to the Society for the Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics, which audits attendance.
"The decline is primarily due to a fall in numbers from those European nations that have been particularly hard hit by the debt crisis, especially Italy, Spain, Greece, France and The Netherlands," explained Detlef Braun, member of show organizer Messe Frankfurt's executive board.
The event drew a higher number of visitors from the Russian Federation, the Middle East, Turkey and the Far East than last year. The biggest visitor countries after Germany were Italy, Turkey, China, Great Britain, the U.S., France, Spain, the Russian Federation, The Netherlands and Poland. Altogether, the proportion of visitors from outside Germany amounted to 64.2% compared to 65.4% in 2011.
The number of companies showing at the fair rose 2.4% to 2,634 exhibitors from 61 countries.
Next year's show will take place from Jan. 9-12.
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