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International Exhibition of Marble, Stone and Technology
1,524 with 936 from 55 countries. Even more operators from abroad, up to 57% of total
MARMOMACC - NEW RECORD FOR 50TH EDITION: 67,000 VISITORS (+3%) FROM 150 COUNTRIES
Veronafiere's international exhibition dedicated to the natural stone industry (30 September-3 October) attracted 1,524 936 companies, with 936 from 55 countries. Even more operators from abroad, up to 57% of total (+9% compared to 2014 edition).
Verona, 3 October 2015 Marmomacc, the largest exhibition in the world dedicated to natural stone business and culture, closes its 50th edition today at Veronafiere hallmarked by growth. In just four days, the event has attracted 67,000 specialist operators - 3% more than visitors at last year's show. The international character of the event expanded even further, with international attendance up to 57% of total (+9%) from 150 countries, 5 more than in 2014 (www.marmomacc.com). Marmomacc confirmed its status as the global centre for marble, granite, natural stone, machinery and processing technologies, thanks to the presence of 1,524 companies (occupying a show area of more than 77,000 square meters), including 936 from 55 countries - with debuts by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Venezuela and Georgia.
There was also a positive performance as regards organised delegations, which this year came from 55 States - 11 more than the last edition of Marmomacc.
In keeping with its traditions as a venue promoting trade in natural stone field, Marmomacc set a new record for the number of buyers arriving from Europe (Germany and United Kingdom in particular, followed by Spain and France), with a significant increase in visitors from the United States, Canada, India and Australia, as well as Israel, Poland and Iran; figures for incoming operators from Turkey, Russia, Brazil, China, Morocco and Egypt were consolidated. Giovanni Mantovani, CEO & Director General of VeronaFiere: "The show achieved extremely high levels of internationality on all fronts, with significant increases even by geographic areas where we have already been directly and continuously active for many years, through our companies, partnerships, initiatives and events. At the same time, this edition enabled us organise an agenda of meetings at the highest institutional and business levels, which will help us develop new partnerships on strategic markets for the core business of Veronafiere itself." The Show - for the second consecutive year - was held in conjunction with Abitare il Tempo, Veronafiere's event dedicated to contract, design and interior decor sectors.
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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 MARMOMACC STONE FAIR Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
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