African exhibitors are increasing their presence by 75% at this year's event, European exhibitors by 28% and US and Caribbean operators by 15%.
"The only space not contracted so far is being delayed because of the complexities of floor planning,
said Jeffery. "There has been phenomenal levels of interest over the move to Excel coupled with a belief in the recovery of the industry's fortunes by the third quarter, and the need to promote that at this year's show. The opportunity to expand wasn't available at Earls Court so we are taking full advantage for 2002."
RTE is also working to offer visitors discount shopping at Canary Wharf, while Excel and RTE have negotiated a discounted three-day travel pass with Docklands Light Railway.
"We have been working closely with Excel, the major transport providers and hotels to ensure an integrated approach. Change is always a challenge so we have to ensure we get it right,