LIWF audience remains ‘solid’

28 May, 2010

The 30th London International Wine Fair and Distil has been hailed a success by organiser Brintex, despite visitor numbers dipping slightly from last year.

The final visitor attendance figure stood at 13,693, down 1% from 2009. Of those visitors, 23% were from overseas, up 1% on last year.

Event director James Murray said: “It’s extraordinary to have welcomed more international visitors this year, despite the travel problems that many experienced, and our UK audience has remained very solid in the face of a shrinking market and declining numbers of retailers.”?Neil Barker, Foster’s EMEA business and commercial director for the UK, said: “We were very pleased with both the quantity and quality of attendees, and used the show as a platform to engage with key customers and distributors both from the UK and across Europe.”?A spokeswoman added Foster’s was still evaluating whether it would return next year but there was a “strong feeling within the business that we will”.

Next year’s event will run from May 17-19 at Excel in London’s Docklands.

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