By James Wells in Düsseldorf
Over three intense days the leading international fair for the wine and spirits sector in Düsseldorf attracted 4,783 exhibitors from some 48 countries and more than 44,000 trade visitors from throughout the world (ProWein 2012: 40,667 visitors).
Alongside a stable attendee level from Germany the number of international visitors to ProWein 2013 rose once again. A total of more than 44,000 trade visitors came to Düsseldorf from all relevant wine import markets and from all major producing countries.
"The number of trade visitors from throughout the world rose significantly at ProWein 2013. Posting a six per cent rise the proportion of international visitors now stands at 40 per cent," said Hans Werner Reinhard, deputy managing director at organiser Messe Düsseldorf. [continues below]
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"In combination with the large number of decision-makers coming to Düsseldorf this development confirms ProWein's leading position as an international meeting point and central orders platform for the world's wine and spirits sector."
By extending the fair to include two additional exhibition halls ProWein 2013 offered space for 4,783 exhibitors from 48 countries. This worldwide unique wealth and variety met visitors' needs: 96 per cent of those polled stated they had achieved their goals and were satisfied or very satisfied with their visit to ProWein.
The show's organisers said the information stand for ProWine China, to run in Shanghai for the first time from 13 to 15 November, generated a great deal of interest.
Next year Düsseldorf's ProWein will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. The dates are 23 to 25 March 2014.