Confex visitor figures reveal overseas rise

A total of 70% of exhibition space at International Confex has been rebooked for 2003, worth £2m of business, despite a dip in visitor numbers this year. The show pulled in 8,583 (unaudited) visitors, while 9,362 attended in 2001. Organiser CMP did however estimate a 25% increase on the number of overseas visitors from 400 last year to 509. The decrease in visitors was attributed to Confex’s dates clashing with the half-term school break; next year it moves back to its late February slot. New for 2003 is a hosted buyer programme, launched "to attract a select group of buyers", said event director Paula Lorimer.

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