German exhibition industry set to defy credit crunch

AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, expects its 2009 events to come close to the numbers of those of previous years, despite the significant economic downturn.

Trade fair organisers from Germany will hold 138 international trade fairs at in their nation this year.

According to AUMA, exhibitor numbers in particular should remain almost the same.

The association is expecting a total of 160,000 exhibitors to rent stand space covering a huge six million square metres of floor space at trade fairs in 2009.

Visitor attendance is expected to reach around 9.7 million.

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