The world’s horticulture industry focused on Amsterdam last week as more than 54,000 visitors from 118 countries attended International Horti Fair at the city’s RAI exhibition complex.
Across RAI’s 11 halls, comprising a total of 87,000sq m, more than 900 exhibitors from 52 countries set out to retain and expand their share of the world market.
Organisers of the event, which ran on 3-6 November, are hailing it a complete success. Show director Wim van der Loo said: “I’ve been calling the event a business party — there are a lot of happy people around. Visitor figures are around the same as last year, despite the poor market situation.”
Van der Loo was also impressed with the quality of this year’s exhibits: “It’s frightening how much the exhibitors improve year after year, but that just shows the creativity of the industry. The displays also go a long way in making the show as a whole look good.”
Until five years ago, the event incorporated two shows. One catered for technology and machinery, while the other focused on plant material. Van der Loo said: “The event is easier to organise now that the two shows have combined. The two previous organising companies have now joined to run the event. This really helps when you see that 400 staff are involved in the quality competition alone.”
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