Expo Real 2010: Exhibitor numbers remain stable (DE)
Friday 6 August 2010
Expo Real 2010 is set to welcome the same number of exhibitors as it had last year. At Europe´s largest trade fair for commercial property and investment around 1,600 companies will be presenting their products and services – the same number as in 2009. The trade fair takes place from October 4-6, 2010 in Munich.
"Each day we are still receiving applications from companies wishing to exhibit at the fair. Already we can say we will reach the same number of exhibitors as in 2009, if not perhaps slightly more," said Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München.
The same picture applies to international participation. Demand has remained stable as compared to last year, and there are signs of a recovery. Positive signals are coming this year, for example, from France: The 'Pavillon de France' will be much larger at Expo Real 2010. The property group Nexity will be taking part in the fair for the first time; also showcased in the pavilion will be Paris, Grand Lyon and La Défense.
A 'Central Europe' joint stand is new this year, featuring companies from Central and Eastern Europe. The projects presented here will include the expansion of the western railway station in Vienna into Bahnhof City Wien West, by ÖBB-Immobilien. Also, Wien 3420 Aspern Development will be presenting one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. And the Balkan countries of Macedonia and Montenegro will be promoting themselves at the fair as investment locations.
Strong demand for space is coming this year from Poland – we are seeing a 40% rise on last year. The country is busy preparing for the European Football Championships in 2012 and Polish cities and regions are offering development sites for hotels, shopping centers and sports facilities. The Czech Republic, too, is expanding its presence at the fair this year, and Serbia, following a break in 2009, is back again with over 10 companies.
Although the property market in Spain is still difficult, Catalonia will be flying the flag at EXPO REAL. Barcelona will be presenting over 7 million m² of commercial space for investors.