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Leading trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery.
85,000 trade visitors from 156 countries made their way to Frankfurt am Main – an increase of two percent compared to last year (2014*: 83,174).
International trade fair for stationery, office supplies and writing instruments
There's always something different to discover at the international trade fair for stationery, office supplies and writing instruments. Here you'll find all the industry's latest trends and product ideas. With the unique diversity of products from major brand manufacturers, international newcomers and many others, Paperworld is the most important industry forum, source of ideas and order platform for the wholesale and retailer sectors as well as for corporate buyers.
The next Paperworld will be held from 30 January to 2 February 2016. Be there!
Consumer-goods fairs in Frankfurt close their doors with an increase in visitor numbers and a good propensity to order
High buyer standard, internationality and a business-oriented programme at Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld
Modern trade-fair concepts meet the needs of the bricks-and-mortar trade with digital and emotional ideas
The trade placed lots of orders and thus ensured a positive result at the Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld trade fairs in Frankfurt. In addition to the outstanding propensity to order, the 2,855 exhibitors (2014: 2,883) taking part in the three consumer-goods fairs were particularly pleased with the large number of visitors and the high standard of decision makers. Altogether, 85,000 trade visitors from 156 countries made their way to Frankfurt am Main – an increase of two percent compared to last year (2014*: 83,174). “All parameters for a successful international trade fair have shown an upward trend since Friday. The intensive collaboration with our partners from trade and industry has borne fruit and this is a solid foundation for strengthening the position of the consumer-goods fairs in Frankfurt as the world’s leading platforms for their sectors”, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
In addition to the significant increase in the number of visitors from outside Germany – they now account for 61 percent of all visitors – the organisers, Messe Frankfurt, are very pleased with the role played by the German trade. “There were not only more German buyers in Frankfurt, they were also much bolder when it came to placing orders”, said Detlef Braun after discussions with representatives of the associations and exhibitors. Thomas Grothkopp, Managing Director, German Office Supplies and Stationery Association (Handelsverband Bürowirtschaft und Schreibwaren – HBS) confirmed this saying, “The office-supplies trade rates the development of Paperworld highly, especially the ‘Paperworld Plaza’ with renowned manufacturers of paper, office supplies and stationery products in Hall 3.1, the informative lecture programme and the HBS Trade Area and the Büroring and Prisma purchasing and marketing cooperatives. Additionally, Creativeworld in Hall 4, the range of high-grade stationery products and the special exhibitions gave retailers excellent insights into the latest trends, designs and new products for 2015/2016. In other words, the fairs in Frankfurt are the most important order venues of the year.”
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There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE PAPERWORLD FAIR 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 PAPERWORLD FAIR Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!I 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: