imm cologne and LivingKitchen trade fair duo have achieved a record number of visitors this year for 2017.
Roughly every second trade visitor came from outside Germany, with foreign trade visitors accounting for nearly 50 per cent. Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, was delighted to report, “We met our target and have broken the 150,000-visitor mark.” Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Managing Director of the Federal Association of the German Furniture Industry, was similarly pleased with the figures. “The Cologne furniture show was a wonderful summit for interior decor. The German furniture industry is completely satisfied with imm cologne. It was the ideal start to 2017, which will no doubt be an excellent year for the industry,” said Klaas.
104,000 trade visitors
Of the 104,000 trade visitors, around 56,000 came from Germany and approximately 48,000 from abroad (an increase of 4 per cent). Within Europe, increases in visitor figures were recorded in particular from Spain (up 25 per cent), Russia (up 26 per cent), Italy (up 19 per cent) and the UK (up 13 per cent). Visitor numbers from the Netherlands and Poland also increased. Numbers of overseas trade visitors rose, in particular visitors from China (up 5 per cent), South Korea (up 12 per cent) and India (up 5 per cent). A rise was also recorded in visitor numbers from the Middle East (up 19 per cent), with particularly strong growth from the United Arab Emirates. With these excellent numbers of foreign visitors, the two trade fairs will boost exhibitors’ exports. In parallel with the world’s most important furnishing fair, imm cologne, the international kitchen event LivingKitchen took place this year. For the seven days of the event, 200 exhibitors from 21 countries – including around 50 first-time and returning exhibitors – showed how much innovation the industry has to offer and how high its standards of design and quality are.
The next imm cologne will take place from 15 to 21 January 2018 in Cologne, co-located with LivingInteriors.