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International Trade Fair for Equestrian Sports
spoga horse autumn 2015 in figures:432 companies from 33 countries, 80 percent of which were from abroad, participated at spoga horse autumn.
spoga horse – have a firm grasp even at full speed!
Whether as a springboard for your start on the racetrack or in continuous gallop through the disciplines interaction, communication and business. Exhibitors and visitors benefit from the leading international trade fair for equestrian sport as an ideal market place for their interests. The order fair no. 1, which attracts horse enthusiasts from around the world, opens its stall doors exclusively for trade visitors. Get on and be carried away by the graceful and powerful world of equestrian sport at spoga horse 2016.
spoga horse autumn successfully on course for international growth
After three excellent trade fair days, spoga horse autumn will have achieved a first-class result when it closes its doors today. The trade fair not only recorded a slight plus in the number of exhibitors, but also increased its share of foreign exhibitors up to 80 percent in total. 432 exhibitors from 33 countries presented the new products and trends of the equestrian sport industry for the summer season 2016. "In the scope of spoga horse we offer the industry high-profile contacts and new business potential twice a year. The trade visitors aren't offered such a condensed overview of the market anywhere else," summed up Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. "The increased growth and the level of internationality confirm the quality of the event. spoga horse is 'the place to be' on the international events calendar of the equestrian sport industry." The portfolio of exhibits ranged from clothing for the horse and rider, saddle and leatherware, care products, through to health and feed products. Traditionally, spoga horse autumn is held parallel to the garden and leisure trade fair, spoga+gafa. Including estimates for the last day of the trade fair, in total around 37,000 trade visitors from 108 countries attended the two fairs.
spoga horse autumn was once again sold out early on, although the organisers had made additional exhibition space available directly next to the hall for the first time. This made it possible to expand the exhibition space by almost 5 percent. The increase in the amount of exhibitors was primarily due to the growth in the numbers of foreign exhibitors. The strongest European participations came from Great Britain, France and Italy. Since there is no comparable pure trade fair format in these countries, spoga horse is particularly important for the international sales business of the exhibitors.
spoga horse autumn 2015 in figures:432 companies from 33 countries, 80 percent of which were from abroad, participated at spoga horse autumn. These included 85 exhibitors and 3 additionally represented companies from Germany as well as 331 exhibitors and 13 additionally represented companies from abroad. Including estimates for the last day of the fair, around 37,000 visitors from over 108 countries attended spoga horse and spoga+gafa 2015. The share of foreign trade visitors was over 60 percent.** All figures are calculated in accordance with the guidelines of the Association for the Voluntary Control of Trade Fair and Exhibition Statistics (FKM).
COLOGNE TRADE FAIR HOTELS
There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE SPOGA Horse COLOGNE 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 SPOGA Horse COLOGNE Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
Visit a doctor.
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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.
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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: