Romania on the right path

Bucharest's specialist tradeshows are getting bigger and more influential: they have multiplied tenfold since the four events of 1991.

The hired area of the 14 tradeshows organised by RomExpo, Bucharest, in the first half of 2005 is up 16 % to 73,709 m2, and attendance is up by 21 % more exhibitors (3,118) and 31 % more visitors (129,447). According to company figures, an annual average of 6,500 exhibitors has been counted over the past few years. These include around 30 % foreign companies from 70 countries. A total of about 235,000 m2 are hired out per year. "These figures place RomExpo midfield in the ranking of Europe’s trade fair organisers", the Romanians rejoice. The company, which is a majority holding of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), has over 55,000 m2 of indoor exhibition space distributed over 40 pavilions, and 45,000 m2 outdoors. The Romanian capital's exhibition centre also includes a conference and press centre.
The founder member of the Romanian trade fair association Asoexpo, which now includes over 60 Romanian organisers, arranges tradeshows, conventions, participations of countries, and provides its exhibitors with full-service packages. With over 35 years in the business, the company has managed to increase the number of events in its calendar from four in 1991 to ten times that number today. These are mainly specialist tradeshows, but also international multi-sector fairs such as TIB: The Technical International Bucharest Fair services the sectors industrial plants, construction machines, machine tools, textile machines, mining equipment, metalworking, power transmission and distribution, electrical engineering, electronics, instrumentation and control, transport, agricultural machinery, commercial vehicles. The second multi-sector show, TIBCO, by contrast, deals with consumer topics such as household electronics and appliances, plastics and household items, children's and hobby products. Shows that have grown both in size and significance over the past few years include the specialist fairs such as Construct Expo - international exhibition for architecture, technology, furnishing, interiors, tools, supports and building materials; the Bife-Timb, international exhibition for furniture, wood products, forestry, woodworking, and interiors, and the Indagra - international exhibition for agriculture, animal husbandry and foodstuffs. Expo Drink - the exhibition for wines, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and the packaging tradeshow All Pack also gained influence. The topic of Tourism is represented by two events in Bucharest: the national tourism exhibition TNT and the international tourism fair ITF.

m+a report Nr.6 / 2005 vom 23.09.2005
m+a report vom 23. September 2005