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IWA & OUTDOOR CLASSICS
IWA OutdoorClassics 2015: Larger and more international than ever before
IWA OutdoorClassics 2015: Larger and more international than ever before
After four intensive trade fair days from 6th to 9th March 2015, NürnbergMesse, the organizer of IWA OutdoorClassics, the world's most important trade fair for “Target Sports”, “Nature Activities” and “Protecting People”, gave a positive assessment of the event: even after more than four decades IWA OutdoorClassics continues to become more attractive and appealing each year.
The opening of IWA OutdoorClassics 2015 by the Bavarian Minister of the Interior and the Mayor of the City of Nuremberg along with the Finnish mountaineer and entrepreneur, Veikka Gustafsson, was still very much in progress on Friday morning, here the total of 1,383 exhibitors (2014: 1,336) in the nine exhibition halls were already delighted with the very keen, positive response from the trade visitors. By the time the doors had closed on this year's event on Monday afternoon, 41.748 trade visitors, around two thirds of them from 123 countries all over the world (2014: 39,244 trade visitors, 117 countries), had informed themselves about new products, innovations and trends.*
Every year in early March the trade world comes together at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre for the sector’s most important international showcase for hunting and shooting sports, outdoor equipment along with civilian and official agency/authority security equipment, which now offers a multi-thematic range of products and services covering all aspects of classic outdoor activities. In this connection, new and renowned companies have thus further expanded the list of exhibitors at this year’s fair; for example outdoor experts Haglöfs, X-Bionic, Helsport or Dachstein as well as two of the largest angling equipment manufacturers in the world: D.A.M. Neue Deutsche Angelgeräte Manufaktur from Germany and Fladen Fishing from Sweden.
After Germany the leading exhibitor nations were the USA, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, China and France, the Czech Republic, Spain and Austria. IWA OutdoorClassics is organized by NürnbergMesse, while the honorary sponsors of the event are the Verband Deutscher Büchsenmacher und Waffenfachhändler (German Gunsmiths and Traders Association, VDB) and the Verband der Hersteller von Jagd-, Sportwaffen und Munition (Hunting, Sports Guns and Ammunition Manufacturers Association - JSM).
Make a note of the date!
The next IWA OutdoorClassics will be held as scheduled from Friday, 4th to Monday, 7th March 2016 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.
The event is open to trade visitors only. Children and young people under the age of 18 are not admitted to the fair.
NUREMBERG TRADE FAIR HOTELS
There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE IWA & OUTDOOR CLASSICS Trade Fair .
You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.
Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the IWA & OUTDOOR CLASSICS Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
Visit a doctor.
Get a physical and update your vaccines. Depending on what country you are traveling to, you may need particular immunizations. Carry your medications with you on the plane so in the event your luggage is lost, you will have your daily meds on hand. Request a computerized medication list from your pharmacist in case of a medical emergency. And finally, check your insurance policy to confirm you are covered medically overseas, and if not buy travel health protection and medical evacuation insurance to be fully prepared.
Arrive at your destination country early.
Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
Give the U.S. State Department a heads up.
Notify the U.S. State Department and sign up to receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions, and be available via text or email should they need to contact you for travel alerts, natural disasters, or other emergencies. Utilize programs such as, "Stay Informed, Stay Connected, Stay Safe!" Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and refer to U.S. Passports and International Travel website for more information.
Contact your credit card company.
Nothing brings your trip to a screeching halt faster than frozen funds. Be sure to let your credit card company know when and where you'll be traveling so you can avoid the frantic call to unlock your card. Credit cards with magnetic strips are not always accepted by businesses, and some establishments do not accept credit cards at all, so make sure to carry a fair amount of local currency to avoid being caught off guard.
Make copies of important documents.
Make duplicates of the following: passport, driver's license, credit/debit cards, birth certificate, and insurance cards. Leave a set of copies at home or with someone you trust to retrieve the information. Pack another set carefully in your carry-on bag. Take a picture of your credit cards and security codes in case you need to access them immediately.
Anticipate technology challenges.
It may be difficult to find a place to charge your cell phone in the middle of the day while traveling. Consider bringing a backup solar powered battery charger. Depending on the country, you might need adaptors for your technology and electronics. Rather than bringing a suitcase full of hair tools and adaptors, invest in a less expensive hair straightener or curling iron when you arrive and use the hotel blow dryer. Even with an adaptor, some electronics can't handle the difference in voltage and will easily burn out.
Research your phone's travel capabilities.
Make a call to your cell phone company and discuss your options. I've found it worth the expense to purchase a travel calling plan when spending time abroad. Text messages and downloading any kind of data will quickly add up without a travel plan. Double check your phone settings and turn off "data fetch" for any programs on your phone that update on their own (i.e. Facebook). This will conserve your data until it's needed.
Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
Photograph your luggage. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of losing their luggage can attest that trying to describe to an airport representative what your luggage looks like (i.e. black with wheels) can be vague. A baggage claim ticket is useful, but often lost during the flight and numerous layovers. Make an effort to attach something notable to your suitcases and take a picture of your baggage with your cell phone. Now you can easily identify your luggage in the sea of black bags.
Do your homework. Cultural customs differ from country to country, and it's always prudent to be prepared before you arrive. For example, some countries encourage tipping while others do not. Some regions are close communicators while others are more reserved. It's in your best interest to know something about the culture, etiquette, religion, business values, and particular communication styles before landing on foreign soil.
TTI Travel International Trade Fair Travel Tips
Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot: