Visitor numbers at this year’s Exclusively Housewares remained on a par with those of 2007, despite the deteriorating retail environment.
An independent audit of visitors to the show also confirmed that they spent longer at the event than ever before, and that all the major housewares retailers attended, with more companies represented than ever before.
Exclusively Housewares’ own survey of visitors and exhibitors revealed huge support for the show, with 98% of visitor respondents saying that it was useful or very useful to them, and 100% expecting to attend next year.
When visitors were asked what they particularly liked about the exhibition, key brands and the venue were the two key factors identified, and comments such as “a pleasure to attend”, “friendly” and “time to talk” came up consistently.
Exhibitor re-bookings for the 2009 show currently stand at 75%.
“We’re delighted with these figures, the re-bookings and the results of our own surveys – particularly given the current trend for falling visitor attendance at trade exhibitions,” commented show director Pam Plant.
“Our exhibitors and members have got a tough year ahead of them, but they came out fighting at the show, and we’re already working hard to make sure they get a great show next year too.”
The 2009 Exclusively Housewares will take place on June 9 and 10 at London’s Business Design Centre.