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Carpets and floor coverings
Over 57% of the visitors and 83% of the exhibitors come from outside Germany, and all the market leaders from all sectors of the industry are represented at DOMOTEX
DOMOTEX underscores reputation as world's leading floor coverings event
Hannover. Innovations, inspiration and sales – those are the words that best summarize DOMOTEX 2016. The world’s flagship trade fair for carpets and floor coverings served once again as the No. 1 meeting place for a vibrant sector and its clientele. Following four action-packed days, the show’s organizers at Deutsche Messe declared a solid performance for the event. Its highly international mix of exhibitors and attendees as well as the success of the special Innovations@DOMOTEX showcase underscored the tradeshow’s reputation as a global magnet for decision-makers and a prime venue for unveiling new innovations.
“We are delighted with the show’s performance. It had everything: a highly attractive lineup of exhibitors and products, solid attendance figures, high-caliber trade visitors, a great many innovations and a highly international mix of exhibitors and visitors. This is something which was immediately evident – at every stand, in every hall,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of DOMOTEX. “This year’s DOMOTEX got international trading off to a splendid start, and has given the carpets and floor coverings industry every reason to be optimistic about the year ahead,” he added.
DOMOTEX 2016 attracted some 45,000 visitors from 100 different countries. Total attendance was thus slightly higher than for the most recent comparable DOMOTEX in 2013. The majority of visitors came from European Union countries. A significant upswing was noted in attendance from the Middle East and South, East and Central Asia (up 29%).
This year’s DOMOTEX visitors were also highly qualified, with approximately 90 percent reporting they either were buyers or involved in their companies’ purchasing decisions, and that they had come to Hannover with specific investment plans. More than 70 percent of all attendees were senior executives. The event was also a magnet for buyers from the interior decorating and furniture trades, and attendance on the part of skilled tradespeople and retail professionals was up over the most recent comparable show held in 2013. A rise in attendance was also noted for architects, interior designers and contract business professionals.
World’s largest display of carpets and floor coverings
DOMOTEX 2016 was staged in a total of 12 halls, making it the world’s largest display of carpets and floor coverings. 1,441 exhibitors from 59 different countries were on hand to demonstrate their creativity and skill, and over 85 percent of these exhibitors came from abroad. DOMOTEX literally “floored” its audience with a stunning array of innovations across the featured product categories: resilient and textile floor coverings, parquet and laminate flooring, woven and tufted carpets and application and installation technologies. In the words of Dr. Köckler: “The focus at this year’s DOMOTEX has been on unconventional materials, newly interpreted designs and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Sustainability has also been a key issue. One impressive trend observed is the comeback of the Persian rug as a trendy, contemporary ingredient of interior design.”
HANNOVER TRADE FAIR HOTELS
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You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.
Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the Domotex HANNOVER FAIR Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
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Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
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It may be difficult to find a place to charge your cell phone in the middle of the day while traveling. Consider bringing a backup solar powered battery charger. Depending on the country, you might need adaptors for your technology and electronics. Rather than bringing a suitcase full of hair tools and adaptors, invest in a less expensive hair straightener or curling iron when you arrive and use the hotel blow dryer. Even with an adaptor, some electronics can't handle the difference in voltage and will easily burn out.
Research your phone's travel capabilities.
Make a call to your cell phone company and discuss your options. I've found it worth the expense to purchase a travel calling plan when spending time abroad. Text messages and downloading any kind of data will quickly add up without a travel plan. Double check your phone settings and turn off "data fetch" for any programs on your phone that update on their own (i.e. Facebook). This will conserve your data until it's needed.
Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
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Do your homework. Cultural customs differ from country to country, and it's always prudent to be prepared before you arrive. For example, some countries encourage tipping while others do not. Some regions are close communicators while others are more reserved. It's in your best interest to know something about the culture, etiquette, religion, business values, and particular communication styles before landing on foreign soil.
TTI Travel International Trade Fair Travel Tips
Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot: