More than 90 per cent of exhibitors have already booked for next year’s event, report organisers of the InfoComm Middle East & Africa (IFMEA) trade event.
With 10,604 visitor registrations in the first four days, total attendance at the inaugural IFMEA show – which took place in parallel with GITEX Technology Week at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre – is expected to top 12,000.
IFMEA will again be co-located with GITEX Technology Week when it takes place next year, from 14-16 October. Companies like Extron, Crestron, Mitsubishi, Sharp, Jupiter, Samsung, Venutech, Wolfvision, Hitachi, NEC, AMX, Arrive System and many others have rebooked booth space, while Sony and Vtron – who missed this year’s event – have now reserved for 2012.
Representatives of Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Jupiter Systems and Analog Way were among those to sing the praises of the inaugural IFMEA event. Alistair Duthie, division manager of Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Visual Information Systems Division, said that there had been “good traffic flow and quality visitors who are clear about the products and services they are looking for.” Jupiter Systems’ Brady O Bruce said it had been “another terrific InfoComm event – well-planned, well-organised and well-marketed”, while Analog Way’s Demetrio Faroldi described it as “the most professional and dedicated industry event in the Middle East. Despite this being the first showing, it is already the most important event for Analog Way.”
Summing up, InfoComm Asia general manager Richard Tan commented: “We are delighted with the feedback and responses from our exhibitors. The statistics are very encouraging indeed, especially in the light of current global economic uncertainties. We are heartened that the pro-AV industry has shown resilience and kept its focus on growing the industry and markets.
“This show was made possible at the urging of, and with the support of, the AV industry players. They know where the business opportunities are and we are honoured that they have asked us to put the show together for them.”