Friday, June 06, 2014
News this week: The 10th edition of food and hospitality show, THAIFEX–World of Food Asia, recently concluded with a total of 1,463 exhibitors – a 10% increase over the last edition. Overseas exhibitors were up 20%. The show’s organisers also reported an 11% increase in trade visitor attendance – 35,000 in total. THAIFEX opened the day after the Thai military declared martial law.
Held at the IMPACT Convention & Exhibition Center, organisers reported more than 24,000 local visitors and 6,300 from overseas attended the three trade-only days from 21st to 23rd May. THAIFEX is organised by the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), and Koelnmesse. The show’s partner country this year, Japan, brought a total of 55 companies. The Japanese pavilion was led by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
Michael Dreyer, vice president of Koelnmesse Asia Pacific, said, “The 10th anniversary of THAIFEX–World of Food Asia, marks a milestone. It is a bigger, better and ever more international edition. We believe the next decade will bring a more outstanding growth not just in the scale of our show, but also in quantitative and qualitative volume. The 11% increase in our trade visitor attendance has proven our stance as a business-driven trade show, despite the challenging political situation right from the start of our show until the closing day.”