The challenging economic climate is not reflected in exhibitor demand, which has far exceeded expectations, with over 12,200m2 space already booked at the RAI. Enquiry levels are buoyant and FESPA is looking to further increase the exhibition space to accommodate strong demand.
Managing Director for FESPA Events, Frazer Chesterman comments: "We are thrilled with the response that we’ve had from exhibitors so far. Following the 2008 event, many expressed their satisfaction with the international spectrum of visitors, particularly from France, Italy, Iberia and German-speaking regions, as well as the decision-making authority of most visitors. We consistently strive to attract internationally diverse exhibitors and visitors, providing unparalleled networking and business opportunities. Both the inaugural event in 2006 and the 2008 event attracted around 13,000 visitors and we aim to draw similar numbers at next year’s event."
Known for the value-adding features which make FESPA exhibitions such international events, FESPA is busily planning an exciting and comprehensive programme of knowledge-sharing activities and show highlights. The show will include a first-rate conference and Showcase Theatre programme, designed to inspire visitors and provide them with valuable business advice, helping them stay ahead of the competition. FESPA will also run its second Digital Textile Conference, following the resounding success of the 2008 Digital Textile Conference in Geneva. The FESPA Digital Print Awards will also be running for the third year in a row, recognising outstanding examples of innovation in digital wide-format printing across a broad spectrum of real-life applications. Entries can be submitted online via the dedicated FESPA Digital Print Awards web site www.fespadpa.com, or through the link on the FESPA web site at www.fespa.com.
Frazer Chesterman concludes: "Commercial wide format printers really cannot afford to miss our digital shows if they want to grow their businesses and stay ahead of the competition. In recent research undertaken by FESPA, 87% of respondents cited FESPA Digital Printing Europe 2009 as the one show they would attend in 2009. This is solid proof that FESPA has established a strong reputation for consistently providing exhibitors and visitors with real value and that, in tough economic times, attending the market-leading shows makes good business sense."