German garden retail trade show spoga+gafa 2012 attracted 36,300 trade visitors from 103 countries. The proportion of visitors from abroad was 58 per cent.
The Cologne show covered 235,700 sqm of floor space and attracted 1,975 suppliers from 56 countries.
Show surveys showed that more than 90 per cent of the respondents were involved with procurement decisions — 43 per cent of them in a pivotal capacity. Around 80 per cent said they were satisfied or very satisfied in terms of achieving their goals at the fair.
European DIY Retail Association general manager John Herbert said: "Over 90 international top level buyers came to spoga+gafa. We have consistently received positive feedback from our members. They are particularly pleased with the level of international diversity and the high decision-making authority of the visitors. And it was especially nice to see so many important brands like Wolf Garten, KETTLER and Weber at spoga+gafa."
Trends for the show included indoor furniture design being taken outdoors.
In 2012, a total of 1,975 companies from 56 countries took part in spoga+gafa (compared to 1,787 companies from 57 countries in 2011). Of these, 81 per cent (2011: 80 per cent) came from outside Germany. Altogether, 360 (339) exhibitors and 8 (10) additional represented companies came from Germany; the equivalent figures from abroad were 1,571 (1,408) exhibitors and 36 (30) additional represented companies. Including the estimates for the last day of the fair, 36,300 (36,300) visitors were registered at spoga+gafa 2012 from 103 (111) countries. The proportion of trade visitors from abroad was 58 (59) per cent.
Spoga+gafa 2013 will take place in Cologne from 8th to 10th September.