Maison & Objet attracts visitors from across the globe
Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, September 27, 2012
Paris - The latest edition of Maison & Objet, held Sept. 7-11, attracted a total of 70,916 visitors, down 4.7% from September 2011.
According to a trade show press release, the reduction can be attributed to a 6.8% decline in the number of French visitors, whereas the number of international visitors remained stable, with a drop of only 2%.
The Top 10 best-represented countries at the show were Belgium, Italy, Germany, the U.K., Switzerland, the U.S., Holland, Russia, Japan and Spain.
The show saw an increase of 9.26% in visitors from Germany, 4.8% from Holland, and 2.04% from the U.K. There were fewer Italian and Spanish industry insiders this time, with a respective reduction of 10% and 20% in their numbers.
"This change in European visitors signals the emergence of a new balance, demonstrating the northern countries' ability to weather the global economic crisis while underlining the current fragility of southern Europe, from Portugal to Greece," said Etienne Cochet, ceo of Maison & Objet.
There was a noticeable increase in the number of trade visitors from Russia (up 23 %) and other regions, including Asia and the Middle East. This audience represents 44% of the trade show's visitors.
Attendance was high among the French press this year, with an increase of 15.4%.
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