12 July 2013
FESPA's move to London for 2013 delivered the event's most globally diverse visitor audience to date, with almost two-thirds of visitors to the flagship event coming from outside the UK.
The FESPA 2013 and European Sign Expo (ESE) audience was dominated by senior decision makers, with an unprecedented 71.3% of visitors having input to purchasing decisions, and half having ultimate purchasing responsibility. With over 22,000 individual visitors arriving at ExCeL London over the five days of the FESPA event, the event exceeded Munich 2010. Almost half of all visitors spent more than one day at the show, bringing total attendance to 37,460 visits.
London's global status as a business hub made for significant increases in long-haul attendance from Australasia (+66%) and North America (+45%). Visitors from Sub-Saharan Africa doubled compared with 2010. Altogether visitors from beyond Europe constituted almost 15% of the total event audience.
After the UK, the largest visitor groups were from Germany, Benelux, France, Italy and Spain, highlighting the continued significance of this leading wide-format event for print service providers from key Western European markets. London proved a particularly appealing destination for printers from the Nordic and Baltic regions, with an increase of over 68% in attendance from these countries.
FESPA Managing Director Neil Felton comments, "The exhibitors I've spoken to here at FESPA have been absolutely delighted with the breadth of international visitors, and stands throughout both halls here at ExCeL have been buzzing. Significant product launches in many areas have given visitors plenty of new technology to explore, while our visitor features have attracted printers looking for guidance on how to take their business in new directions."
ExCeL London's Executive Director Jeremy Rees comments, "We are delighted that FESPA 2013 has been such a success. London has again proved itself to be the ideal location for organisers looking to expand the global reach of their events. London is the world's best connected city so it is no surprise that visitor numbers have significantly increased from outside Europe".